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.