The North Carolina Tar Heels easily dispatched the UNC Wilmington Seahawks on Wednesday, but the bigger story might be the stellar play of freshman Nassir Little, who was previously having a hard time finding a spot in Roy Williams‘ rotation.
Little, a projected lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and a highly sought after prospect in the 2018 recruiting class, finished the game with with an efficient 14 points and 5 rebounds. He was also active on the defensive end of the floor, likely endearing him to his veteran head coach.
“The second half, it felt like we were getting after it,” said freshman Nassir Little, via The AP. “I was in the passing lane like he wants us to be. I got a steal and dunk. That’s something he wants us to get more of. We were boxing out and getting rebounds. He wants us to get out in transition; we were doing that.
“In the second half, I think we really picked it up on what he was asking us to do.”
If the North Carolina Tar Heels plan to run more, setting up offense through defense to present golden transition chances, Little will find himself on the floor even more moving forward. He’s simply too talented a player to not be playing far more minutes.
Nevertheless, this idea of UNC running more is appealing, and certainly something worth following when the Tar Heels play better opponents.
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