Five-star Pinson announces choice

Theo Pinson, a 2013 standout at High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian Academy, announced his college choice on Wednesday.

Theo Pinson is staying close to home.

Despite a valiant effort by Tom Crean and Indiana, Pinson opted to commit to Roy Williams and North Carolina at a press conference at his school on Wednesday.

Pinson also considered Georgetown, Louisville and a host of other schools throughout his recruitment.

So why North Carolina?

"He came in and told me he basically wants me to come in and be an impact player as a freshman because they are losing a lot of guys," Pinson said at his press conference. "That's why I knew. I'm at home. I have a very good chance of playing so I knew that it would be a good situation for me."

Pinson, a 6-foot-5 wing rated among the top 20 players in the country, visited UNC nearly 10 times throughout his recruiting process and it's clear that the proximity to Chapel Hill played a role in his recruitment.

A terrific athlete, Pinson fits North Carolina's uptempo system. He plays well in transition, scores attacking the basket, defends his position and rebounds from the small forward spot. Plus he complements UNC commit Justin Jackson, who is known for his skill, well.

Pinson is currently ranked No. 18 overall and No. 6 at the small forward position on

North Carolina currently has the nation's best recruiting class in 2014. Pinson joins a pair of top 20 recruits in Jackson and Joel Berry.

UNC is still pursuing other wings and have scholarship offers out of to D'Angelo Russell, Justise Winslow, Devin Booker and Rashad Vaughn.

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