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Northwestern transfer Pete Nance commits to North Carolina men's basketball program

Hubert Davis speaks at a press conference on June 15, 2022 at the Smith Center.

On Saturday, Northwestern transfer Pete Nance announced his commitment to UNC.

Last season, Nance averaged 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, and recorded a season-high 28 points in a loss to Maryland in January. The All-Big Ten Honorable Mention led the Wildcats in scoring and hit 42 three-point shots at a 45.2 percent clip. 

After working his way into the starting lineup at Northwestern in his sophomore year, Nance led the Wildcats with 163 rebounds and 17 blocks his junior season. Standing at 6-foot-10, Nance will look to improve North Carolina’s depth at center and could act as a solid backup option for rising senior center Armando Bacot. 

The former 4-star recruit out of Akron, Ohio was ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 88 player in the nation and No. 20 power forward in the class of 2018. Along with Northwestern, Ohio State and Michigan appeared to be top-choice schools during Nance’s high school recruitment.

Nance recently underwent the NBA pre-draft process but pulled out of draft consideration ahead of the June 1 deadline. Nance’s commitment comes after his visit to Chapel Hill this week.


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Shelby Swanson

Shelby Swanson is the 2023-24 sports editor at The Daily Tar Heel. She has previously served as an assistant sports editor and senior writer. Shelby is a junior pursuing a double major in media and journalism and Hispanic literatures and cultures.