November, 22, 2011
By Jon Mahoney | ESPN.com
Kelly Kline/ESPNHSJunior point guard Nate Britt II collected 13.5 points and 5.2 assists a game last season for Gonzaga.This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Greater D.C. edition.
WCAC basketball isn’t for the faint of heart.
A breeding ground for some of the nation’s top talent, it can chew you up and spit you out faster than it takes John Wall to run the break.
So any player who decides to lace ‘em up in the conference better be ready. If they’re not, it ain’t going to be pretty.
“It’s the best conference in high school basketball,” says Gonzaga coach Steve Turner. “Every game has a championship atmosphere. You’ve got to bring your ‘A’ game or somebody is going to give it to you.”
Nate Britt II loves everything about the WCAC — the competition, the skill and the intensity. And as a kid growing up in Upper Marlboro, he got to see it all firsthand while going to games with his dad.
He looked up to conference standouts like Ian Hummer, Max Kenyi, Tyler Thornton and Cedrick Lindsay at Gonzaga, Austin Freeman and Nigel Munson at DeMatha, Jason Clark and Kendall Marshall at Bishop O’Connell and Chris Wright at St. John’s. He and his father also went to the girls’ games, where Britt became a big fan of St. John’s superstar Marissa Coleman.