Pinson Returns to Smith Center

Theo Pinson and his father, Theo Pinson Sr., had a marathon day this past Saturday.

After watching the final Big East regular-season matchup between Georgetown and Syracuse, the Pinsons headed to Chapel Hill for UNC's evening tilt with rival Duke.

It was the second straight week Pinson was at UNC. On March 3, he watched the Tar Heels blow out Florida State.

"I'm just taking it all in really," said Pinson, the first wing UNC offered in the class of 2014. "The atmosphere, especially Saturday night, was just crazy. Just seeing them play Florida State was crazy too. I enjoy coming to games, seeing them get up and down a lot."

In the past, Pinson said he and his father closely watched UNC's wings to glean how he might be used in Roy Williams's system. So, naturally, he's been pleased with Carolina's move to a more guard-oriented offense.

"He changed his system a lot on the fly," Pinson explained. "He fit it to the personnel he has and, as you can see, it's really working. With P.J. (Hairston) at the "4", the way he shoots the ball, they have to respect it. That opens up driving lanes for them."

During the visit, Pinson hung out with several UNC targets, commitments and signees including: Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson, Andrew Wiggins, Rashad Vaughn and Nate Britt.

Britt, Jackson and Meeks all recruited Pinson telling him to "come Theo and join the crew."

"I know Justin (Jackson), (Andrew) Wiggins, Nate (Britt) and Kennedy (Meeks) pretty well," Pinson said. "It was fun and I had a good time. Kennedy was probably recruiting me the most aggressively. He is a funny dude and he tries to loosen everyone up. He wants everyone to come to Carolina. I know (Rashad) Vaughn because we played together at Adidas Nations.

Over the last three years, Pinson has taken in many UNC games and visited the campus a good number of times. He's also made trips to local schools N.C. State and Duke, as well as Indiana and Georgetown.

Despite the information he's gathered, Pinson is staying true to his timeline of deciding in the fall.

"Right now, I'm just taking my time because you never know what could happen," he said. "You have to be patient."

The line of communication with Williams and his staff, while not always consistent during the season, has remained steady according to Pinson.

"They're just saying that they're still interested, but they have asked me about my timetable," he said. "I let them know that I'm going to be patient about it. We'll see what happens."

Previously, he said he wouldn't take official visits to the three local schools. That's since changed.

"We're rethinking taking official visits to local schools," he said. I'm not sure yet when we'll do it. But we're rethinking it."

With Jackson's commitment, UNC is likely to only sign one more wing in 2014. Currently, Vaughn, Pinson and Justise Winslow have offers.

Pinson is aware of the situation.

"It just lets me know that I need to start thinking about things more seriously," he said. "I know that I need to narrow it down some."

When AAU season begins in about a month, Pinson will once again run with CP3 on the Nike EYBL circuit. He said he's gotten better during high school season and expects it to show during AAU season.

"I think defensively, I've become much better," he said. "I've improved my ball-handling and shooting. Last year, I was off and on during AAU. I've been working on a whole lot of shooting reps and trying to stay consistent."

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