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.”