We’ve said all along that Nate Britt (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) is a litmus test recruit for new Maryland coach Mark Turgeon.
Former coach Gary Williams did not have a token relationship with D.C. Assault -- which Britt plays AAU for. In fact, the last three Assault point guards (Nolan Smith, Tyler Thornton, Quinn Cook) committed to the Terrapins rival, Duke.
For Turgeon, there’s good news and bad news regarding Britt. Duke hasn’t entered the mix for him and may not. Mike Krzyzewski did watch him this summer, but the Blue Devils -- to this point -- have not been to D.C. to see him this fall. Turgeon himself has been over twice as has North Carolina’s Roy Williams plus Georgetown’s John Thompson and Virginia’s Tony Bennett. Arizona’s Sean Miller has been once and plans a return trip. Villanova coach Jay Wright hasn’t come yet but the Wildcats are on the list.
On Wednesday, following a morning visit from Williams, Britt received an offer from North Carolina. Aside from a young guard receiving an offer from an established power, there’s more to the story. Britt is on record saying UNC was his dream school and he is likely to attend Midnight Madness in Chapel Hill. Just when Turgeon might have ducked a punch from Duke, he gets to tangle with the Tar Heels.
“I think the kid’s going to have a lot of heat on top of him,” Gonzaga coach Steve Turner said. “Everyone is going to be jockeying for position.”
How much of this litmus test element is Britt actually aware of? “I think he’s probably more aware of it than people realize,” Turner said. “He and his dad talk about all that stuff. I don’t think he’ll be a kid who makes his decision based on that.”
The best players are the hardest to sign.