"Going in and playing as a freshman, fan support and I want to have a good relationship with the head coach," said Pinson. "I have a great relationship with all of head coaches that are recruiting me, that's what makes it tough for me."
Among those coaches is UNC's Roy Williams. Pinson visited Williams and UNC several times during the 2012-13 season, including UNC's final two home games – a win against Florida State and loss to rival Duke.
While Pinson and Roy Williams don't speak as frequently as they once did, Pinson said he has regular conversations with the UNC staff.
"I hear from North Carolina about twice a week," he said. "I mainly talk to Coach (C.B.) McGrath and Coach Hubert (Davis)."
Playing for the CP3 17U team, Pinson has sought to become more of a leader in his final AAU season.
"I think he is a born leader," CP3 head coach Andy Poplin said. "I feel like it's my job to keep pushing on him and grinding on him a little bit and not just say ‘hey you're a superstar, I'm gonna pat your back because of the superstar you are.'"
Pinson is striving to be more efficient on offense and more disruptive on defense.
"I'm just trying to work on my lateral foot movement on the defensive end and then getting my shot consistent," he said. "At the same time, I'm just trying to win games. You win games, coaches recognize that and they see that."
Added Poplin: "I think when he gets good shots, he's a good outside shooter. He's going to be streaky somewhat until he really gets in college and gets a lot of reps. But he'll continue to get better with his shot and selection. When he shoots good shots in rhythm, he's a pretty good shooter."
With offers from Connecticut, Wake Forest, Ohio State, Florida State, Georgetown, Louisville, Kentucky, N.C. State and UNC, Pinson has heard from all the schools he's interested in. He said he plans to visit Louisville at some point in the future.
The next few months he'll look to gather information, before making a decision prior to the start of his senior season.
"Mostly all my schools that are recruiting me have been picking it up," Pinson explained. "Because it's time to make a decision."