Chapel Hill, N.C. — UNC is adding another veteran to an already star-studded lineup for the upcoming season.
Pete Nance, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward from Northwestern, announced he was leaving the Wildcats for the Tar Heels on Saturday as a graduate transfer. Nance put in four seasons for Northwestern, going from averaging 2.9 points a game as a freshman to averaging double-digit scoring his junior and senior years.
ESPN called Nance ‘the best available transfer remaining in the portal.’ Nance averaged 14.6 points and 6.5 rebounds in 27 games last season, leading the Wildcats in both statistical categories.
The Heels reached the national championship game in April with a renaissance in the second half of the season, but were unable to withstand a second-half surge from Kansas, who won their fourth title as a program.
Nance posted a photo of himself in a No. 1 UNC jersey on Instagram with the caption “The journey continues…. #gotarheels”
Tar Heels guard Caleb Love, who turned down a potential pick in the NBA draft to return to Chapel Hill, put his stamp of approval on the move in the comments.
“let the games begin☝🏽” said Love.
Starters Armando Bacot, R.J. Davis and Leaky Black also announced intentions to return.
Nance will no doubt draw comparisons to Brady Manek, who transferred from Oklahoma and was integral to the Tar Heels’ success last season. Nance boasts comparable skills – shooting 45 percent from 3-point range – and physical tools at 6-foot-10 and 225 pounds.