Announcement Primer: Theo Pinson

Five-star wing Theo Pinson is set to decide. Here is a look at his recruitment, his game, and a prediction on where he ends up.

The Recruitment

Theo Pinson was a much hyped prospect as a freshman, and that led to very early interest. North Carolina, Duke, and North Carolina State all began showing Pinson significant interest during his first year of high school basketball, and it really never stopped throughout his recruitment.

Pinson grew up a Duke fan, so most expected the Blue Devils to be the team to beat, however other commitments made it impossible for Duke to land Pinson as they seemed to move on to other prospects. That really opened things up for the rest of the schools on his list.

Specifically Indiana made a huge move. The Hoosiers hosted Pinson during the regular season for a visit, and overall did a ton of work. Tom Crean came out to North Carolina several times, and for a while it looked like the Hoosiers were recruiting him the hardest.

Still many other schools kept in close contact. North Carolina stayed consistent, Louisville turned up the heat, and also Georgetown continued to make a strong play for Pinson.

For a while Pinson didn't seem in any hurry to make a decision and kept on indicating he would possibly decide after the summer, but after doing some thinking he decided that May was the right time for him and he set his decision date.

The Talent

Pinson is one of the most naturally gifted players in the entire class of 2014. He is a big time athlete, has long arms, and has some defined ability to score the basketball. Still Pinson has never quite put it all together yet in terms of being a consistent force scoring and rebounding every time out.

Defensively Pinson should be able to guard a whole variety of players. Because of his athleticism and long arms combined with his size at a legit 6-foot-5, Pinson can easily check any shooting guard or small forward, and has a good enough motor to be a major factor on defense.

His offensive game can be a little bit of a work in progress. He is a capable outside shooter, though he wouldn't be classified as a major threat from deep. Instead he prefers to get himself in the mid-range and shoot pull-up jumpers, or possibly even get all the way to the rim.

All the tools are there for Pinson to be a big time performer, he just needs a bit more focus and consistency in order to be able to capitalize on all the tools he has as a player.

The Prediction

Snow: Pinson has done a fairly good job of keeping his intentions to himself, but it seems almost certain that the only two schools with a remote shot are Indiana and North Carolina. Up until about 48 hours ago all the talk was Indiana, and it seemed the Hoosiers had this one locked up, however things seem to have changed. The sway of staying close to home seems key here, and also Pinson sees potential major minutes right away at the shooting guard position at UNC, especially if P.J. Hairston were to leave after this upcoming season, which is possible. Overall right now all signs seem to be pointing toward Chapel Hill though it wouldn't be a massive shock if he did pick the Hoosiers. Prediction: North Carolina

Daniels: As Snow said the two main players involved have been North Carolina and Indiana. He's been to UNC just under 10 times for unofficial visits. He's been to Indiana twice. One of those visits was his only official visit. Indiana recruited him hard the past year and Tom Crean made him a priority. With that said, UNC has proximity on their side and I think that plays a role in his decision making. Prediction: North Carolina

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