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Northwestern’s Pete Nance transferring to North Carolina

Big Ten Tournament - Second Round - Northwestern v Iowa

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 10: Boo Buie #0 of the Northwestern Wildcats dribbles the ball against Tony Perkins #11 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half of a Men’s Big Ten Tournament second round game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on March 10, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Iowa Hawkeyes won the game 112-76 over the Northwestern Wildcats. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Northwestern forward Pete Nance says he’ll transfer to North Carolina.

The 6-foot-10, 225-pound senior announced his commitment to play his fifth year for the Tar Heels in a social-media post Saturday. It’s a significant addition for UNC, offering a potential replacement for departing starter Brady Manek from a run to last season’s NCAA championship game.

Nance averaged 14.6 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Wildcats last year, including 45.2% from 3-point range.

The Tar Heels return four starters in big man Armando Bacot, guards Caleb Love and R.J. Davis, and versatile swingman Leaky Black. But Nance offers size with the ability to stretch defenses after UNC lost the 6-9 Manek, who transferred from Oklahoma and averaged 15.1 points while shooting 40.3% on 3-pointers.

With Manek helping to space the floor, the Tar Heels made a late-season push to a record 21st Final Four before falling to Kansas in the NCAA final in Hubert Davis’ debut coaching season.