2014 point guard's star is rising

Miller Grove (GA) High School 2014 point guard Keith Pinckney, who plays for the Georgia Stars 16U AAU team, has seen his star rise the past few months.

  • Name: Keith Pinckney
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: Miller Grove (Lithonia, GA) High School
  • AAU Team: Georgia Stars 16U
  • Position: Point Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds
  • Scout.com Ranking: 4-Star, 16th ranked PG
  • Colleges of Interest: Alabama, Clemson, George Mason, Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and others

  • Pinckney shined during the June 2012 NBPA Top 100 Camp. And his ranking after the event reflected his performance. He moved from outside the national top 100 to the 69th ranked player in his class of 2014. And colleges have started taking notice of the talented point guard.

    "Miami (FL), Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Georgia, George Mason, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia State and a bunch of others (are recruiting me)," said Pinckney.

    Some of the others who saw he and his teammates play during the Nike Elite Youth Invitational July 19th included Indiana, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Villanova, Middle Tennessee, UAB, Sienna and Mercer.

    So far, Pinckney has one scholarship offer but that should change as coaches continue to evaluate the talented youngster.

    "I have received one offer so far, the University of Miami, which I received last spring," he said.

    Although he still has two more years of high school ball to play, Pinckney has an idea what he's looking for in a college.

    "I am looking for a college that has a great playing style that gets up and down the court," said the four-star prospect. "A team that likes to shoot a lot of three-point shots (on offense) and a team that likes to pressure defensively."

    As for what the team he chooses will get, Pinckney talked about his overall game.

    "Defensively, I try to pressure the ball and help get my team going that way," said the youngster. "Offensively, I try to be aggressive in getting to the basket. I can also shoot the ball from outside.

    "I can score, pass the ball, play defense. I think I'm a pretty complete guard. Whatever my team needs is what I try to do."

    Keep it on GenesPage.com as we continue to follow Keith Pinckney, one of several class of 2014 point guards that are being evaluated by the Mississippi State coaching staff.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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