Pinkston Trying New Position As Junior

Jayvaughn Pinkston already established himself as a forceful, undersized power forward. Now, armed with the direction of a new coach and the freedom to try a different position, this Scout.com Top 50 prospect is giving the perimeter a go.

July is a long month. Every so often you're in need of a pick me up. For some, watching Jayvaughn Pinkston perform provided the burst of energy needed to make it through the rest of the day.

Pinkston, a 6-foot-6 power forward out of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Bishop Loughlin, is ranked No. 47 in Scout.com's latest 2010 list. His season is young, but off to a good start nonetheless. Pinkston had 20 points and 16 rebounds his first game out the blocks.

His approach to the power forward position is modeled after a freight train charging toward its destination. Powerful and able to play in and through traffic, he's a load. "I see myself as a player," Pinkston said. "I don't look to score the first five minutes and get a good feel. Then I'll get my teammates open and make it easier for me to score."

In Pinkston's mind, the comparison is Ron Artest. His new coach, Rudy King, is allowing his big forward the freedom to roam and see what he can do as a small forward.

"For a kid who played with his back to the basket his whole career and now we're asking him to guard all-city kids at the two and three," King said. "He's understanding it better and he's doing a good job. It's a testing period right now. Tournament play doesn't start until January."

While Pinkston works on his ball handling and perimeter package, he confessed that he's got a go-to, guaranteed way of scoring if he needs a hoop. "Go to the rack," the gentle giant told Scout.com.

"You haven't seen the best of Jayvaughn yet," King said. "I'm giving him an opportunity to face the basket more. His intensity level is always there and he's got an attentive ear."

Electing to focus on the season, Pinkston and King are determined to not let recruiting become a distraction. Maybe visits will ensue after the year, but for now the focus is on the team and winning under a new coach.

"With Jayvaughn it's a little different. He's being highly recruited. We're careful with it. Sometimes I think we as adults forget that these guys are kids. (Recruiting) has an impact on him and the team so we're careful. We let him know who's interested and make it as simple as possible for the kid."

"St. John's is hard after me," Pinkston said. There are others.

Tennessee, Virginia and Southern Cal were a few of the names the coach rattled off. "I think at the end of the day every program can use a kid like Jayvaughn because his work ethic is tremendous."


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