IU among top three schools for Theo Pinson, father says

071912Theo Pinson, a 2014 recruit from Greensboro, North Carolina remains “very high” on Indiana and currently has the Hoosiers in his top three schools, according to his father, Theo Pinson Sr.

“Yeah, they definitely would,” Pinson Sr. said of Indiana being in the top three. “He likes them. They’re up there right now.”

Pinson is ranked 13th in the 2014 class by ESPN.com and also has offers from Duke, Florida State, Georgetown, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, North Carolina and Ohio State. The Hoosiers offered a scholarship last May and have recruited Pinson diligently ever since.

Pinson Sr. said he son will likely make his college decision sometime in the fall.

“With school and AAU starting up, we don’t really have time for much else right now,” Pinson Sr. told Inside the Hall. “He’s just focusing on that for now.”

Pinson, a 6-foot-6 forward, attends Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina. He already made an official visit to Indiana the weekend of the Michigan game that was featured on ESPN’s College GameDay in February. It was his second trip to Bloomington after making an unofficial in the summer of 2012.

He doesn’t currently have any other visits scheduled and likely won’t take anymore until the fall.

“It was great,” Pinson Sr. said of the official visit to IU. “It was the Michigan game. It don’t get too much better than that. It was awesome.”

As a junior, Pinson led Wesleyan Christian to its first state championship in 20 years, capturing the NCISAA 3A crown with a 59-49 win over Greensboro Day.

Tom Crean and assistant coach Kenny Johnson tracked Pinson heavily throughout his run to the state title. Johnson watched both the quarterfinals and semifinals and Crean joined him for the title game.

Pinson will start his AAU season this weekend with the CP3 All-Stars at Nike’s EYBL session one in Los Angeles. Both Crean and Johnson are expected to attend.

  • HoosierTrav

    He’s pretty darned good. By the looks of him, JaNey Jackson could be the tipping point in his recruitment. We can show him that we have the x factor on our staff. This guy has our team looking like men in no time. This is why I’m not worried about the incoming skinny minnie frosh. Pinson, with strength, is a future pro. A good pro.

  • Kenneth234

    Pinson is a future pro, even if he doesn’t get over 180 lbs. This kid would be the best incoming recruit to Bloomington since a small point guard from Chicago in the early 80′s. He has the type of talent to take a good team of talent and make them invincible. From the many video’s I have seen of him, he may be better than any wing player in college, going to college or heading to the NBA right now. If CTC could add the recruiting class of Pinson, Goodluck, Blackmon, and Exum, they could lead a bunch of walk-on’s to the final four. Add them to a team that already has a lot of talent, and this team could rival any of recent memory.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.cotner Nicholas Allen Cotner

    Keep em coming

  • calbert40

    One recruiting site (I forget which one and I can’t find it again) said that IU is the favorite and Duke is a close second. He is pretty amazing. I would LOVE to see him wearing candy stripes!

  • Benhyoung14

    CTC would only have 2 schollies to give IF Vonleh goes pro. Exum and Pinson would by my targets.

  • HoosierTrav

    I agree he is going to be a great pro but I wouldn’t put him ahead of where Eric Gordon was his freshman year. Eric Gordon was special. He was ranked 1-2 in a STELLAR class. He was, I believe, 6′ 3″ and 215 lbs, yet faster and more explosive than Pinson. I think Pinson has an edge passing the ball, but as for shooting it and creating for himself, I’m not sure he’s on that level. Remember that most NBA pundits feel Eric Gordon is a perennial all star if he can stay healthy…. If Pinson can add 25 pounds of muscle to his frame, then yes he can be extremely good. Unfortunately, size and strength are major factors in the professional ranks. Fortunately, we have Coach Jackson.

  • inLinE6

    If Pinson commits, that’s a huge steal from NC. Another future pipeline from ACC backyard?

  • Mooks

    its 247 sports.

  • http://twitter.com/BobSugarLives Dylan Young

    IU will have another national title chance in ’15 if they get this kid. He’s a stud.

  • calbert40

    Gracias, Mooks.

  • BlakeD1223

    Wow! That vision is impressive.

  • http://www.babytown.com/ OceanArcher

    Amazing vision and handle for 6’6″. hard to believe we can steal this guy from NC. I’ll keep my hopes up.

  • InTheMtns

    I think Ben was probably counting the verbal commitment (made 9/2010) from James Blackmon Jr. as a scholarship that’s already taken when he said only 2 schollies if Vonleh is one-and-done.

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