At his press conference on June 15, when asked about the program’s opening for its 13th scholarship, UNC men’s basketball head coach Hubert Davis simply said his team is “always looking to improve.”
UNC’s newest addition to the 2022-2023 roster, graduate transfer Pete Nance, subscribes to a similar mentality.
After graduating from Northwestern, Nance completely dedicated himself to the NBA pre-draft process in the hopes of joining the league like his dad, three-time NBA All-Star Larry Nance Sr., and brother, current New Orleans Pelicans forward Larry Nance Jr. When Nance failed to receive the call-up to the traditional combine, he pulled out of draft consideration to pursue his collegiate options in the NCAA transfer portal.
“I was ultimately looking for a place,” he said. “I obviously went through the NBA Draft process and was really focused on that and thought I had a good chance. But I was looking for a place where I could take my game to the next level and really showcase my full skillset.”
At UNC, the 6-foot-11, 230-pound power forward who led the Wildcats in scoring last year will likely take on a much more subdued role. Vying for the spotlight alongside the likes of Armando Bacot, Caleb Love, RJ Davis and Leaky Black may not be every NBA prospect’s first choice. But for Nance, joining UNC’s already loaded offensive arsenal will afford him the perfect opportunity to showcase what he considers one of his greatest assets — his versatility.
“I’m kind of somebody that can do a little bit of everything,” Nance said. “Shoot, pass, dribble, I kind of try to pride myself on being versatile.”
At a team media availability on July 18, Nance’s new teammates confirmed his self-administered scouting report. Alongside his passing ability, Bacot expressed excitement for Nance’s knowledge of the game. Both he and Love noted Nance’s fit into the team’s “freelance” offensive style.
“He can shoot, he can pass, and I feel like he’s gelled with us well,” Love said.
"It’s like he’s not forcing anything," Black echoed. "He’s letting it come to him. He has so many options because he’s so versatile. He can pick-and-pop, pick-and-roll, he’s definitely going to be a big-time lob threat. Definitely going to dunk on a lot of people this year. Man, I’m excited.”