With the amount of hype building up around Nassir Little, there is no gainsaying he has a record-breaking career ahead of him. The small forward is still in his freshman year in college but has the media buzzing with excitement over his career attainments so far.
Below are detailed facts about the basketball burgeoning star who struts his stuff at the Atlantic Coast Conference, playing for the University of North Carolina’s men’s basketball team – North Carolina Tar Heels.
Nassir Little Biography
Little was born to April and Harold Little on February 11, 2000, and named Nassir Shamai Little. We are yet to confirm if he is an only child or grew up with siblings but his parents moved around a lot when he was a child as they served in the U.S. military. Their job naturally took the family to different parts of the country but from what we gathered, Little spent much time in Orange Park, Florida, which he now refers to as his hometown. It was also in the city that he attended school at Orlando Christian Prep, located in Orlando, Florida, where he played basketball to rave reviews. He continued his career in college after he chose to play for Roy Williams’ North Carolina Tar Heels at the University of North Carolina.
Career Stats and Rankings
As a baller in high school, Nassir Little left an indelible footprint and raised the bars really high with his performance on the court. He was among the players in his class who ranked higher than the rest. At Orlando Christian Prep, Little was the MVP of the 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game. He scooped the title after recording 28 points at the All-Star game. He also added five rebounds, one assist, as well as one steal to the milestone.
Nassir Little didn’t finish high school without taking the Jordan Brand Classic MVP title. He claimed the extra feather to his hat after posting his outstanding 24 points in 25 minutes. According to recruiting service Rivals in 2018, Nassir Little ranked as the second-best high school prospect for the year.
After leaving high school as a top player in his graduating class, Colleges came calling and he chose to join the North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team at the University of North Carolina. He joined the team for the 2019 NCAA season which means he is yet to start posting much stats in college. However, after the hyped recruitment to play for the UNC team, Nassir was denied action by coach Roy Williams who preferred to work with Garrison Brooks at first. Notwithstanding, Little made it off the bench on February 23, 2019, when he contributed immensely to his team’s 77-59 win over Florida State University.
The game presented him with the opportunity he has been waiting for and he made the most of it. All eyes and cameras rested on him as he proved to spectators that the hype he came to college with wasn’t exaggerated and by the time he left the court, Nassir got resounding applause from the crowd. He finished the game with 18 points, a team-high which he tied with Johnson, in addition to career-high eight rebounds.
The Florida native has secured a national recognition as a ripe talent and potential pick in the next NBA draft but before then, we will be expecting more action in his college career.
Height and Weight
The appropriate height, size, and athletic body build necessary to make a difference as a basketball player can all be seen on Nassir Little. In other words, he is not lacking in any aspect of the game since he also knows how to put his body advantage to good use.
The high-flyer stands at an impressive height listed as 6 ft. 6 in., weighing 215 pounds. His wingspan spreads to 7 ft. 2 in. while his standing reach is 8 ft. 9 in.
Just a few months after entering college, Nassir appeared in his first game with a transformed body, a huge difference from what he was known for in high school. He now sports a more robust look with perfectly chiseled muscles. Little apparently spent a lot of time in the weight room as is common with most college freshmen with eyes on the National Basketball Association (NBA).