As the 2018-19 college basketball season gets closer, many incoming freshmen look to make their mark not only on the team they play for, but also on their NBA Draft status. The top three players in the country are all headed to Duke which could give Mike Krzyzewski his best team ever. However, the best incoming freshman could be 12 miles away.
Headlining the 2018 recruiting class for the North Carolina Tar Heels was Nassir Little. Little ranked as the No. 6 overall player in the class of 2018 and the third best small forward, according to ESPN.
The hype for Nassir Little is obvious. The guy has NBA star potential written all over him. But don’t sleep on Coby White. The five-star point guard just helped USA win its fifth straight gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Saturday.— Chris Trenkle (@christrenkle2) June 18, 2018
The reasons for why he'll be the best freshman are abundant. For one thing, Roy Williams has a Midas touch of sorts when it comes to several of his players. They also return vital pieces such as Luke Maye and Kenny Williams from a team that finished with a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
With all the talent on the roster, Little will have less pressure on him to carry the team and will be able to work well within a system.
It's not just his college talent that makes him so formidable. Little is expected to be at least a lottery pick in next year's NBA Draft.
Our way-too-early NBA mock draft for 2019 has Zion Williamson going to the Knicks. pic.twitter.com/emWL60giDc— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 24, 2018
He certainly has the talent to get there and excel. However, Little will have to spend a year in college first, where he can show fans what he's made of.