Nate Britt Jr., a 2011 All-Met guard who recently finished his junior year at Gonzaga, said Sunday he has left the District private school and will play his final high school season at Oak Hill Academy, which runs a nationally renowned boys’ basketball program in southwestern Virginia.
Britt, a 6-foot-1 point guard who has orally committed to play at North Carolina, averaged 15.8 points as a junior last season while leading the fifth-ranked Eagles to a 27-7 record. Rumors of Britt’s transfer to Oak Hill had persisted in recent months, but it wasn’t until Sunday, during an interview with Butch McAdams on WOL, that Britt addressed the issue publicly.
“Next season at Oak Hill, as far as in the classroom, I have most of my credits, so I just want to be able to take a couple college classes and start getting credits for when I go to Carolina,” Britt said during the radio interview. “I think I’ll get two of those done. And then just to maintain my GPA and try to raise it as much as possible.”
Oak Hill, a boarding school in Mouth of Wilson, Va., long has been a popular destination for some of the area’s top basketball talent. Britt joins a list of prominent Washington-area players that have spent time at Oak Hill that includes Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, Ty Lawson and Nolan Smith.
Two years ago, Quinn Cook — who was named All-Met Player of the Year as a junior at DeMatha — transferred to Oak Hill for his senior year. Similar to Cook – who is entering his sophomore year at Duke – Britt is a member of the renowned AAU basketball program, D.C. Assault.
Last month, Britt was a starter on the U.S. National Team that claimed the gold medal at the under-18 FIBA Americas championship in Brazil. Britt averaged 5.2 points and 3 assists per contest during the five-game tournament.
Britt said he would leave for Oak Hill on Aug. 25.