Visit to Indiana makes an impression on five-star Pinson

  • 07/16/2012 1:38 pm in

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Theo Pinson is a consensus top-25 player nationally in the 2014 class, and he showed why at the Nike Global Challenge.

The 6-foot-6 small forward did just about everything while leading the USA East team to a 2-2 record.

He shot well from beyond the arc, drove hard to the rim in half-court sets and showed his athleticism by dunking in nearly every game.

Pinson, who plays at Wesleyan Christian Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, was also one of the event’s top defensive players and often guarded the opposition’s best scorer.

He said focusing on the basics and using his 6-10 wingspan have helped him become a better defender.

“Just keeping my man in front of me (is a key),” Pinson said. “Help defense is important. I’ve been working on that. The college coaches told me to use my wingspan to stay in front of people. Deflections, they take note of that in college. Having that at a young age is good right now.”

In four games at the Global Challenge, he averaged 15 points and seven rebounds.

He told Inside The Hall that the schools pursuing him the hardest at this point are “probably Alabama, Georgetown, Indiana, North Carolina, Florida State, Baylor, Louisville, Ohio State.”

But while he’s obviously being looked at by most of the nation’s best, his face lit up with a question about his recent unofficial visit to Bloomington in early June.

“I liked it. It was different from all my other visits,” Pinson said. “I can’t really explain how it was different, but it just felt different. It’s probably because the tradition there is so high. Coach (Tom) Crean, he’s a really good guy.

“It was worth going, I can say that.”

Pinson said he saw Assembly Hall, Cook Hall, Memorial Stadium, locker rooms and academic buildings when he was on campus in early June.

He spoke with Jordan Hulls and Maurice Creek, though only briefly because they were working out at the time. He also mentioned talking to Victor Oladipo at the Chris Paul Elite Guard camp last month.

Pinson currently has no visits planned or a timetable for any decision. He does, however, know exactly what he is looking for in a college.

“When I get on campus, I want the relationship with the coaches – the head coach, mainly – to be the same from when they were recruiting me,” Pinson said. “Fan support, academics of course and just having a family environment around the team.”

More from the Nike Global Challenge:

· Indiana “still pretty high” on Marcus Lee’s list
· Indiana making a push for 2013 center Kennedy Meeks
· Indiana likely to receive one of Anya’s five official visits

(Photo credit: UnderArmour.com)

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  • jmfriedman

    Man it feels good to be on the way up. Having good players interested to this level feels nice. The future is bright my friends…..

  • kpowers

    He will be in candy-stripes…..

  • stroot

    The future is bright, but so is the present. It feels awesome to be ecstatic about the upcoming season, instead of only the ones 3 and 4 years away.

  • IUFAN87

    It going to be awesome this year I mean anything can happen but this team has something that I have never seen a Team have you got a top recruit class 5 players the original 5 going into there senior year to have that leadership around is awesome and then have a top recruit class 5 players going to be freshman it is just going to be crazy. I dont know if any one members Crean Awkward subsitituation patterns 2-3 years ago we were all doubtful about but this year he has that talent to do what ever he wants the depth is just unmatched by any team I have ever saw.

  • ErniePyle

    Now this guy is the real deal! lol (BeeJay Anya)

  • inLinE6

    Get this kid please!

  • Daburns0

    This reminds me of the late 80’s and early 90’s. We were stacked and the fan base thought that the next championship could come every year. It definitely feels good.

  • InTheMtns

    Seems like he just described IU perfectly – “When I get on campus, I want the relationship with the coaches – the head coach, mainly – to be the same from when they were recruiting me. Fan support, academics of course and just having a family environment around the team.” That would be check, check, check and check.

  • InTheMtns

    Seems like he just described IU perfectly – “When I get on campus, I want the relationship with the coaches – the head coach, mainly – to be the same from when they were recruiting me. Fan support, academics of course and just having a family environment around the team.” That would be check, check, check and check.

  • I usually don’t critique grammar on threads… but the fact that you fit all of that into just two sentences, is simply astounding.

  • I am really excited about Theo, more than any other ”Out-of-State” recruit we are pursuing. I think his ranking in the 3 or 4 main recruiting websites are under assessing his skill level. Theo Pinson will be an absolute stud in college. He has a good head on his shoulders and he is a hard worker. I just hope (and am optimistic) that he ends up in candy stripes.

  • hardcore_hoosier

    He said the magic word. Deflections. That’s all you have to hear to know he’s been spending time talking with Crean.

  • 888

    I think 2 years ago he was ranked #1 in his class. An absolute stud! I love the attention were getting from out of state guys. You Indiana kids think your too good to play at IU then well just go grab kids from elsewhere who are just as talented. Tired of getting spurned by Indiana kids. CTC is getting it done and after this upcoming season its only gonna get easier for him to recruit. These guys can get anything they need at IU except getting paid or not going to class but we dont want them anyway. Those guys can go to UK. Dynasty is a coming.

  • HoosierKen73

    Thanks ‘Teach’…lol.. I was wondering about that myself..seemed like I was having to read the whole darnded thing without taking a breath,,,hahaha That’d surely test the ‘run-on sentence’ rules. Funny stuff.

  • Kelin Blab

    I have a good feeling about Pinson coming to IU. He seems to say some positive things and I don’t underestimate the lure of Trey Lyles with the 2014 class. I love his athletic ability and his finishing. He could become one of those one and done kids but I am ok with that…..

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  • HoosierGirl

    We got this one!

  • Geoff_85

    Without a comma, no less. I need an Advil.

  • Geoff_85

    Without a comma, no less. I need an Advil.

  • dtfreed

    Which IN kids are you talking about?

  • CreamandCrimson

    “You Indiana think you are too good to play at IU then well just go grab kids from elsewhere who are just as talented. Tired of getting spurned by Indiana kids.”

    With all due respect, which Indiana kids are you talking about and who would Crean be tired of getting spurned by? I know Gary Harris chose to go elsewhere but I think we are getting our fair share of Indiana kids and kids from the classes of 2014 or 2015 shouldn’t be expected to be committed already. I get that you are excited about Theo Pinson but I think your assertions about some of the other things going on with our recruiting are off-base.

  • CreamandCrimson

    “You Indiana think you are too good to play at IU then well just go grab kids from elsewhere who are just as talented. Tired of getting spurned by Indiana kids.”

    With all due respect, which Indiana kids are you talking about and who would Crean be tired of getting spurned by? I know Gary Harris chose to go elsewhere but I think we are getting our fair share of Indiana kids and kids from the classes of 2014 or 2015 shouldn’t be expected to be committed already. I get that you are excited about Theo Pinson but I think your assertions about some of the other things going on with our recruiting are off-base.

  • 888 is right.
    IU rarely gets the “top rated” Indiana kids. These are some of the kids ‘he is talking about’:
    2014 – *Trey Lyles2013 – Demetrius Jackson (undecided, but IU not listed as an interest)2012 – Gary Harris2011 – Marquis Teague2010 – DeShaun Thomas2009 – *Jordy Hulls2008 – Tyler Zeller2007 – *Eric Gordan (Initially committed to Illinois)2006 – Greg Oden2005 – Josh McRoberts
    Only 3 of 10 to IU according to Scout rankings. We do get our fair share, but not necessarily the top ranked kids. C. Zeller wasn’t the top ranked kid, but I’ll take him all day.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I understand your point but I think anything prior to CTC arriving is irrelevant to today. I also don’t think Thomas or Teague ever considered IU (they eliminated IU before Crean could recruit them). Your point is well taken though.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I understand your point but I think anything prior to CTC arriving is irrelevant to today. I also don’t think Thomas or Teague ever considered IU (they eliminated IU before Crean could recruit them). Your point is well taken though.

  • NaplesHoosier

    “Academics of course”…….doesn’t sound like a one and done to me…Sounds like a Crean “three and done”……..

  • 888

    Mitch Mcgary, Gary Harris, Glenn Robinson3, thats just in 2012 all 5 stars, 2013 Zach Irvan,2011Teague and yes CTC recruited him. If you go back just a few years and yes they count too May, Oden, Conley,McRoberts,Montross,Gardner, my lands guys how many times have we said that one of the main things in a new coach was locking up Indiana because of talent going everywhere else. Zach Randolph. Thats only a few. Shaun Kemp. Its pretty bad when UK can say thayve put almost as many Indiana kids in the NBA as IU has. James Blackman SR. Lord do you people have abnesia. I felt like I got kicked in the gut when Oden said NO. Yes we will lose some players but look at UK when a kid from Kentucky is good you might as well not even recruit him hes going to UK. Anybody want to guess where Russell is gonna play ball. Hes going to UK peeps. period. Them kids have a pride in their state that if Indiana kids had there would 15 banners hanging in assembly hall. Wow. Off base please. Where have you been the last 20 years.

  • IUMIKE1

    Agree

  • Indiana-Gene

    When CTC got the job I said he will get it done, he is relentless! And the fact that he is very concerned about academics, is a major plus…

  • Indiana-Gene

    When CTC got the job I said he will get it done, he is relentless! And the fact that he is very concerned about academics, is a major plus…

  • HoosierKen73

    Speaking of which… I would love to hear a report on how the 2012 class seems to be acclimating..first impressions in practice, etc., etc. I have ‘toyed with the idea of driving down to see an open practice, but I’m about 5 1/2 hours away…for a practice. I mean we’re talking practice, not a game, but practice. It’s just practice, but then it is a practice…lol..