Pinson Taking His Time

Though he's already scheduled his first official visit, don't look for Theo Pinson's recruitment to end anytime soon.

Pinson, a 6-foot-5 wing from High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan, will officially visit Indiana in February and "hopefully" Louisville before the end of basketball season.

"When I went to Indiana the first time, no one was really there," he said. "I want to go see what the atmosphere is like and see a game. You can watch games on television, but being there and seeing all the intensity up close is a different story. I'm looking forward to it."

Pinson is taking advantage of a new NCAA rule that allows players to take official visits beginning on Jan. 1 of their junior season. Pinson hopes to see schools he might not be able to get to next fall.

"I'm not trying to be cocky, but most schools are already recruiting me so I don't really see what the point is in waiting," he explained. "I just want to go to the schools, take the visits and enjoy the process really. Next year, I think our (Weslyean) schedule is going to be way more hectic then it's been this year. I want to take every opportunity I have to go with the family and see some schools."

Likely not listed in those schools are the three closest in proximity to Pinson – North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke.

The Pinsons have taken multiple trips to all three schools and are still deciding if they'll use an official visit on them.

"We've been to those places so many times," he said. "I understand that that's how it works and they can show how much they want you during an official visit. We're still considering it, if I do take visits to those schools it will be in during my senior year."

With the Tar Heels' season in full tilt, Pinson hasn't had as much direct contact with the UNC coaching staff. Still, Roy Williams watched Pinson at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C. last month and attended a Wesleyan game in November.

"UNC is a really good school," he said. "I understand they have to coach their team right now. When they contact me, it's usually over a text over something like that. They keep in contact – they wished me a happy New Year and Merry Christmas. I haven't really talked to Coach Roy (Williams) much lately. But he's in the middle of the season right now so I understand. We have a really good relationship."

The Carolina staff has made it clear, however, that Pinson is one of its top priorities.

"He (Roy Williams) has thoroughly emphasized how bad he wants me there," said Pinson. "That's a plus. He just always tells me that he really, really wants me there. He said he's going to focus on me being a Tar Heel."

Pinson is unsure of when he'll take more unofficial visits and claims no leader.

"Right now, everyone is the same," he explained. " No one is leading or anything like that. I'm still looking at everyone equally."

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