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November 16, 2011

InsideMDSports: Britt moving toward decision?


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When his phone began to blow up with text messages a few days ago, Nate Britt Sr. didn’t know what was going on. He quickly learned the barrage was set off by a Tweet by his son, Gonzaga junior point guard Nate Britt Jr., who’d stated that he may be ready to make a college decision earlier than previously expected.

“I had no idea about it,” Britt Sr. said. “But he’s seen pretty much everybody and I think he put that out there because he’s probably ready to make a decision sooner rather than later.”

Still, there’s no specific timetable for a commitment. It could come this month, or it could be sometime in the spring. Britt, a left-handed floor general ranked the No. 12 prospect in the Class of 2013, visited Maryland this weekend to watch the Terps in their season-opener against UNC-Wilmington.

“Everything went well. He enjoyed the game. We had a good time. We didn’t get to talk to coach [Mark] Turgeon, but I called Dalonte [Hill] this morning because I know they’re getting ready to take this road trip,” Britt Sr. said.

The Britts have been thorough in their research of the schools recruiting Nate, including some study of Turgeon’s past work at Texas A&M. This was their first chance, however, to watch Maryland’s first-year coach in live game action.

“The guys were out there battling. That’s all you can ask. I like the way he gets guys in and out. He keeps fresh bodies in the game and that helps them keep fresh legs,” he said. “I saw one of his games at Texas A&M. We had an idea, pretty much, of his style. But I think more than anything else, every coach has his style of play. A good coach is going to alter his style of play a little bit to fit the players he has. I see him doing that.

“With Pe’Shon [Howard] going down, they lost some floor general-ship. I definitely see a need for some senior leadership because I think [Terrell Stoglin] is a different style of point guard than Turgeon is used to over the years because he was a point guard himself.”

With Gonzaga’s season close to starting, Britt is unlikely to take any more trips in the near future, his father said. He said Maryland, Arizona and North Carolina have all been recruiting his son equally hard, while Villanova has been making a push of late. Maryland remains a strong option, but Britt Sr. said there’s no favorite.

“No question. It’s 15, 20 minutes from home. It’s a young team and it’s right at home. I can’t say that they’re the favorite. I spent some time in North Carolina when I was a kid, so I’ve also always followed North Carolina, but I'm also a hometown guy. There’s no favorite from my viewpoint,” he said.

“I’ve told him, when you’re ready, that’s when you come to me. There’s nothing else I can provide for him at this point besides supporting his decision. This is all about him and the work he’s put in.”

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Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:36 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: InsideMDSports


From my previous questions to you, I know you don't like to offer percentages of us landing any one player, but do you feel we have a truly legitimate shot at signing Britt?


Josh: I think there's a legitimate shot, but I also think UNC is in a really good spot with him. -- Matt


What's the deal with the University of MD? Why are they waiting for all of these out of town or non-Baltimorean propects to turn them down? When are they going to look right in there own backyard for some help? I know of several fans who can't wait to remind them of the lack respect they have shown toward local talent our fair city.


Shoulda Ben Ear: Good question. I guess my response would be that it looks like the 2012 class from Baltimore won't have any high-major guys other than Sam Cassell Jr., who the Terps have offered. For 2013, guys like Tevon Saddler, Kameron Williams, Daquein McNeil, Daxter Miles and Jamel Artis should get high-major looks. The question probably becomes whether or not the Terps already have guys who fill those roles (I think Kam will be a really good college player, but I wonder how different he is than Seth Allen). Then in 2014, I'd imagine they'd be involved with Phil Booth, John Crosby and Dwayne Morgan. So it may not seem, on the surface, like Maryland is recruiting tons of Baltimore guys, but I think that's mostly because 2012 is a down year locally. -- Matt

This one is over. Sorry Maryland he ain't coming

Hey Tripp, unless Britt sprouts he won't be an impact player at DI. The Harrisons will dominate and guys like Nate will get a good education before they play in europe. If Britt wants a scholy at MD it's available until Clear brings his Texas buddies and the door closes. 2012 will be the Harrisons and Anya. The 2nd draft class is always the defining group for new coaches and Turgeon's team have the right stuff to make that happen.

Why would the Harrison twins go to Maryland...did i miss something? Why would two studs in the 2013 class go to a program that's been irrelevant for some time now? I'm not a Kentucky fan but they've got PayPal Cal written all over them.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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