Whitt, Pinder Set To Visit

The next couple of days are huge for NC State basketball, as the Wolfpack brings in two potential additions for official visits.

The next couple of days are huge for NC State basketball, as the Wolfpack brings in two potential additions for official visits.

Arkansas guard Jimmy Whitt will be taking his official visit to NC State, according to Scout.com's Evan Daniels.


Colorado is considered the competition for Whitt, a wiry 6-foot-4 guard who was rated a four-star recruit out of Columbia (MO) Hickman High School.  Whitt averaged 6.1 points in 17.2 minutes per game while shooting 39% from the field and 38% from 3-point range as a freshman for the Razorbacks.

He will sit out the 2016-2017 season but Whitt will have three years of eligibility remaining once he's eligible.


A combo guard, Whitt is being recruited to score the basketball.  He was considered one of the top pure scorers in the 2015 recruiting class after averaging 31 points per game as a senior in high school.

Joining Whitt in Raleigh will be Hutchison CC sophomore Keanu Pinder.  An Australian native, Pinder is the son of former NC State forward Tiny Pinder, who played for the Wolfpack from 1977-1979.  

Juco Recruiting's Brad Winton first reported the visit.


Pinder originally committed to Nebraska before decommitting and picking New Mexico following an official visit in December.  In March he reopened his recruitment and NC State is now in the mix for the 6'8 forward.

Blessed with length and athleticism, Pinder was a major piece in Hutchison advancing to the JUCO National Championship game. As a sophomore he averaged 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 23.9 minutes per game.  He also totaled 62 blocks, 19th-most in the junior college ranks, and shot 52% from the field and 26% from 3-point range.


He really made his presence felt defensively, as his ability to block shots and defend multiple positions led to him being named co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Jayhawk Conference.

Pinder played two seasons for Hutchison and will have two years of eligibility remaining.  He would be eligible to play right away for the Wolfpack.

Whitt and Pinder are allowed to be on campus two full days for their official visits.

NC State currently has five available scholarships and is pursuing other prospects as well for the 2016-2017 season.

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