Nassir
Little
Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 224 lbs
School/Club: North Carolina
Status: Freshman
Birthday: 02/11/2000
 

 

About Nassir Little

Nassir Little is a long, athletic forward who flashed intriguing potential in spurts coming off the bench for North Carolina this season.  Long considered one of the top prospects in the high school class of 2018, Little had a stellar senior season leading Orlando Christian Prep to a state championship before earning Most Valuable Player honors at both the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic standing out among a group of players that included over a half dozen players likely to be selected in the 2019 NBA Draft.  The consensus top-5 recruit carved out a bench role on Roy Williams’s senior-laden North Carolina team as a freshman, finishing the season averaging 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while putting together several impressive performances - providing a glimpse into the player he could grow into down the road.

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  • Possesses an impressive blend of size, length, and athleticism that give him the potential to play both forward spots at the next level.  Measured standing 6’6 with a 7’1.25 wingspan and a 224-pound frame at the NBA Draft Combine.  Very good athlete with prototypical speed and explosiveness.
     
  • Was the first player off the bench for North Carolina many nights this season having his biggest impact contributing with his athleticism in the Tar Heels’ faced-paced offense.  Did a little bit of everything in the half court playing both forward positions and flashing some potential as a jump shooter.  Proved to be an x-factor when he could find ways to make plays inside with his athleticism and energy.

Defensive Analysis

  • Has great potential defensively as a versatile, inside-outside presence on the defensive end.  Has the length and strength to play power forward for spurts and the foot speed to defend wings on the periemter. 
     
  • Allowed only 0.545 points per Isolation possession[82nd percentile] faring well on the ball at the point of attack.  Still maturing as an interior defender against more polished big men but makes some athletic plays blocking shots and pursuing rebounds.  Has a lot of room to grow in terms of consistency—especially off the ball, but had some nice moments this season when he was dialed in.

Career Highlights

  • Finished fourth in voting for the 2018-19 ACC Sixth Man of the Year as a North Carolina Freshman.
  • MVP of the 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game and co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic. 

Freshman (2018-19)

  • Averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18.2 minutes coming off the bench.
  • Shot 48.0 percent from the field.
  • Scored a career-high 23 points in only 20 minutes against Virginia Tech (Jan. 21).
  • In the NCAA Tournament, collected 20 points and seven rebounds vs. Washington in the second round and 19 points in 17 minutes against Iona in the first round. 

High School

  • Led Orlando Christian to back-to-back state titles as a Junior and Senior. Averaged 20 points and nine rebounds in his final season.
  • Recorded 28 points in the McDonald’s All-American Game and 24 in the Jordan Brand Classic. 

Strengths

  • Elite physical profile for a modern combo forward.
  • Explosive athlete and leaper.
  • Plays with great energy and force at both ends.
  • Can guard multiple positions. 

Personal

  • Salutatorian of his Senior class in High School and member of the National Honor Society.
  • Son of Harold and April, who both served in the U.S. military.
  • Plays the piano. 

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