Duke Report

Shooting Guard Theo Pinson: North Carolina Native

Overview

Class of 2014 shooting guard Theo Pinson is one of the top prospects in the country. He’s also from Greensboro, North Carolina, so naturally he’s a top target for both Duke and North Carolina (as well as a plethora of other high-major programs in the country). The 6’5, 180-pound guard has displayed his talents all summer long between his 15-point and 4-rebound average in the Nike EYBL,  leading his CP3 (NC) AAU team to a Peach Jam berth in addition to his phenomenal play at the Nike Global Challenge.

At the Global Challenge, he racked up 23 points on 11 shots and recorded ten rebounds against a Canadian team that included a back court of class of 2013 point guard Tyler Ennis, class of 2013 shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes and class of 2014 small forward Andrew Wiggins. Pinson also led his CP3 squad in steals and blocks and was the team’s second-best facilitator racking up 44 assists in 19 games.

Pinson’s list of offers is a who’s who of college basketball featuring Duke, North Carolina, Louisville and Georgetown. He has already visited Duke, Indiana, North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech although Bruce Pearl and Seth Greenberg still had jobs at that points. One interest nugget that Pinson revealed to Duke Report is that he grew up a fan of Duke and judging by one of his favorite players (Kyrie Irving) you could presume he’s still a fan of the Blue Devils. He also said he was a big fan of Daniel Ewing grew up.

It’s obviously still early in Pinson’s recruitment, but the more I think about it the more it seems like it will be a battle between North Carolina schools for his services. His roots to the Tar Heel State are also not just limited to being a fan of Duke — his mother played basketball at UNC-Charlotte and his father attended North Carolina A&T. Even though he already has a considerable amount of offers, when Duke Report asked Pinson, he said he had no timetable for a decision.

Evaluation

Pinson is a fun guy to watch because every time you see him he improves. The last few times I’ve seen him, he has displayed an improved stroke and put on a passing clinic at the Nike Global Challenge. He rebounds very well for his position, especially on the offensive end, and is great at attacking the basket. He finishes well through contact too and can be a finesse or hard-nosed player. Pinson is a good ball-handler too and he can create some havoc on the defensive end with his shot-blocking ability. Although his shot does look better, he can definitely improve the consistency of it. There aren’t many holes in Pinson’s game to poke at but if he can knock down the perimeter jumper more often, he would add to his already impressive offensive game.

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