Regarded as one of the elite players in the 2014 class, High Point (NC) Wesleyan Christian Academy wing Theo Pinson has been a standout on the AAU circuit for a few years now.
An outstanding athlete, Pinson is capable of impacting the games on both ends. Through nine games in the EYBL, he is leading CP3 in scoring (13.0), blocks (12), and steals (23), and is second in rebounding (5.4).
He takes pride in his versatility but also knows there is room for improvement.
"I'm working on the defensive end," he said. "When I was young, it was kind of tough playing with the bigger guys.... now I'm working on guarding the other team's best player.
"I also want to stay aggressive. Sometimes I'm in a game and it's like where was I because I wasn't as aggressive. I've been working on that."
"I'd say my versatility and length are my biggest strengths," Pinson added. "A lot of coaches tell me that I need to use my length more and get more deflections, and it's showing in games. I'm getting my hands on the ball more, and it's leading to fastbreak points."
At 6-foot-6 and 180 pounds, Pinson is rated a five-star recruit and the No. 6 small forward in the 2014 class by Scout.com. When watching him play, you have to be impressed with his ability to distribute to teammates and his eagerness to keep them involved in the game.
"Passing is always something I was able to do," said Pinson. "When I was young my dad would always should me Magic Johnson highlights. I liked those... he was scoring and passing at the same time.
"It's like on the defensive end, if you give [teammates] the ball when they are open and not try to be a ball hog, they are going to play even harder and better on defense. That's going to help us win."
On the recruiting front, Pinson maintains that he is wide open. He holds offers from UNC, NC State, UConn, Indiana, Louisville, Georgetown, Wake Forest, FSU, and Tennessee among others.
NC State has been in pursuit of Pinson. The Wolfpack had him on campus multiple times last season, and he is familiar with the in-state school.
"Great team," Pinson said of NC State. "They get up and down the court and they play hard. You can tell Coach Gottfried is bringing in great talent, and I want to play with great talent.
"They are bringing in guys that can win. They have Cody [Martin] and Caleb [Martin] who are really good players an versatile, just like me. They can play the 1,2, 3, or 4 ... really good players."
As for his recruitment, Pinson is in no rush.
"I'm open to everybody," he said. "I don't have a list yet, I'll know that probably next month.
"I'm looking for a place where I can play as a freshman and I have a good relationship with the head coach."