Theo Pinson, one of the most skilled basketball players in the Class of 2014, has reached a decision on where he will play at the next level.
According to ESPN's Dave Telep, Pinson will be taking his talents to the University of North Carolina.
Theo Pinson. Big smile. UNC wins the race. twitter.com/DaveTelep/stat…— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) May 22, 2013
He made the announcement at his high school, Wesleyan Christian Academy, Wednesday afternoon.
Pinson at the table twitter.com/insidethehall/…— Alex Bozich (@insidethehall) May 22, 2013
Considering Pinson’s junior season just wrapped up, it’s a bit surprising that he was willing to commit to the Tar Heels at this juncture. However, it seems that he just fell in love with the program and wanted to avoid a long, drawn-out recruiting process.
Coach Roy Williams isn’t going to complain, as he was able to convince this 5-star swingman to come to Chapel Hill, despite some strong competition.
A number of high-profile college basketball blue bloods had the No. 12 recruit (via 247Sports) in the 2014 class in their sights, but he felt UNC was the best choice.
ESPN’s Dave Telep listed Indiana, Duke, Louisville and Georgetown as four other possible destinations Pinson was considering, with IU seen as the front-runner.
The decision ultimately came down to a simple phone call that Williams placed last week, as the coach convinced Pinson that he is an ideal fit on the roster.
According to Bret Strelow of The Fayetteville Observer, that call had a profound effect on the recruit:
"It just pushed me over the top that this is where I want to be," Pinson said. "I was looking back at all the visits I took there, I knew where I was going, I knew where everything was. I was like, 'That's home.' "
The Greensboro, N.C., native is certainly a great fit with the Tar Heels.
Pinson is a natural scorer who isn’t afraid to fire away, knowing full well that he’s often the best player on the court. Whether he’s bombing away from deep or slashing to the rim, the youngster always finds a way to get his buckets.
However, he’s by no means a selfish player. Pinson is a top-notch facilitator who loves to kick it to open teammates and is capable of making some flashy passes.
Did Pinson make the right decision?
Add in the fact that this kid grades out as an elite athlete, hard-nosed defender and relentless worker, and you have the recipe for a perfect Tar Heels recruit.
The 6’6”, 190-pound star has to work on his handle and extending his shot out to the NBA three-point line, but he should have no problem picking up those skills during his time under coach Williams next year.
Tar Heels fans are going to have to wait over a year to watch this elite prospect star on the hardwood at the Dean Smith Center, but it seems Pinson will be well worth the hype.