Pinson Makes Chapel Hill Visits

The week he underwent surgery to remove a tumor, UNC head coach Roy Williams was set to visit High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan wing Theo Pinson. Ten days later, Pinson was the first recruit to meet with Williams during his recovery.

Pinson and his father, Theo Pinson Sr., attended UNC's 66-0 win over Idaho on Sept. 29.

"Me and my dad wanted to see how he was doing, so we visited him," said Pinson. "It was real cool. We weren't even mad about all the rain and stuff. It was just good to see that he was doing well."

During the game, they discussed how Williams envisions Pinson fitting into the UNC system.

"He was just talking about how bad he wants me," Pinson said. "He told me how I fit his style and how they get the ball out and run the court. I can see myself playing there, because I like to get up and down, and play any style of game.

"They're in the backyard and they always have success so it's going to be interesting."

With scholarship offers from schools like Ohio State, Georgetown, Indiana, Kentucky, N.C. State and Louisville, Pinson fields calls from coaches seemingly every night. UNC's approach, however, is a little different.

"(Coach Williams's) style is basically, he'll call you once or twice a week," Pinson explained. "He doesn't want to bug you because he knows you have a life also. He wants me to know that he wants me bad, but he's going to make sure I get what I have to get done with my family and school."

In addition to Williams, Pinson maintains a close relationship with UNC assistant Hubert Davis.

"He's a real cool dude," Pinson said of Davis. "He's always laughing and in a good mood all the time. We talk quite a bit, and it helps UNC having someone like him. It's another person that knows what they're doing."

This past weekend, Pinson joined Minnesota point guard Tyus Jones and Chicago big man Jahlil Okafor – two of the top 10 players in the class of 2014 – on a tour of Duke and North Carolina.

First, they visited Duke for "Countdown to Craziness." On Saturday, the trio took in a Tar Heels practice before heading to the UNC-Duke football game in Wallace Wade Stadium. Pinson said he thought both Okafor and Jones liked their trip to Chapel Hill.

The trip forged an even closer relationship between the three and strengthened the chance they end up at the same school.

"I think we got a little bit more serious when they came down here last weekend," said Pinson. "We saw how crazy and how cool it would be if we played together. We get along so well on the court. All three of us just want to win."

Pinson has taken visits to N.C. State, Duke and UNC in the last month, but doesn't have any on the horizon.

Though he's not sure exactly where he is in the recruiting process – or when a decision will be made – Pinson knows who and what will be the determining factors in where he plays college basketball.

"Coaching, atmosphere, academics and winning are most important to me," he said. "My family will help me make the decision."

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