Theo Pinson to announce decision on Wednesday

  • 05/18/2013 9:20 pm in

042113ewerOne of Indiana’s top recruiting targets in the class of 2014 is ready to announce where he’ll attend college.

As first reported by Dave Telep of, Theo Pinson, a consensus five-star small forward from Wesleyan Christian Academy (N.C.) will make a verbal commitment on Wednesday afternoon at 12:15 p.m. at his school.

Pinson will choose from five schools: Duke, Georgetown, Indiana, Louisville and North Carolina. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound wing took an official visit to Bloomington last February for IU’s win over Michigan on ESPN College GameDay.

Indiana has pursued Pinson diligently in recent months, making several stops to see him lead Wesleyan Christian to a state championship in March. The Hoosiers staff also maintained a presence for many of Pinson’s games with the CP3 All-Stars in the two April evaluation periods.

Last weekend at EYBL Dallas, Pinson told Inside the Hall that he wasn’t ready to name a leader in his recruitment, but that IU was “looking good right now.”

Through 13 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) games this spring, Pinson is averaging 13.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game. He’s shooting 45.4 percent from the field and 78.1 percent from the foul line.

Indiana has one commitment in the 2014 class — James Blackmon Jr.

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  • calbert40

    I think we have a better chance at landing Exum than Russell too. Again, I’d be ecstatic with either, but I think Russell is less likely to commit to IU than some of the others we are recruiting. I think Exum, Pinson, Lyle, Goodluck, Booth and Hill are all more likely commits than Russell or even Bluiett.

    But I think ALL of them are very good players, and I’d be very happy with any combo of that list.

  • RT1

    I don’t think the Junior General would argue with that. lol

  • ^The BEST thing I’ve ever read. God bless you, Sir.

  • marcusgresham

    George Leach was from Charlotte, and he wore #5, so that’s, like, kinda close.

  • marcusgresham

    Better be careful—you don’t have any Indiana natives in there and somebody will end up getting butt-hurt about it.

  • marcusgresham

    If Cameron were anywhere but Duke it would just be some old, out-dated gym. I’d take Hinkle over that rat-trap any day.

  • I thought Goodluck is 2015, no?

  • Russel is the least athletic of the three but he is a more polished scorer right now than exum. 1 yr from now who knows. I think exum is better too even though scout has Russel as the #1 shooting guard in the country. Regardless of who u want more, saying we should take nobody over Russell is a bit extreme.

  • Wow good memory. Was Leach recruited by duke and unc?

  • TJ91

    Just curious, where did you see Pinson play?

  • CreamandCrimson

    People are “hearing it’s Duke” and people are “have been hearing it’s IU for quite a while”….somebody’s “source” is going to be wrong on Wednesday.

  • Mooks

    100% on 247Sports have said Theo is going to IU check it out for yourself.

  • PocketHoosier

    We have no shot at landing Russell, and any effort put forth his way is time wasted that could have been dedicated to someone else.

  • Ole Man



    Yep, we wouldn’t want the natives to start getting restless & it’s been awhile since they fed, dude better tread lightly. lol

  • CreamandCrimson

    Terrific…thanks for posting that. IU certainly seems like the choice and we will find out for sure tomorrow. Makes you wonder where the people posting about Pinson choosing Duke are getting their info.

  • PocketHoosier

    Didn’t Bob Knight *just* admit in an interview with Charlie Rose that his early recruiting of Indiana,Ohio,and Illinois was a mistake and that if he had it to do all over again, he would have taken a national approach? He sure did.

    It’s not nearly as important to me that Crean pull homegrown recruits as it is that he put the highest quality product on the court. Especially in a class with so few scholarships available and really no good in-state fits for the Hoosiers, I definitely expect there to be no Hoosiers added under scholarship in the ’14-15 season.

  • TorontoHoosierFan

    ALL signs are pointing to him signing with IU. Would be a big setback if he chose otherwise, and an indictment on the ‘predictive powers’ of analysts everywhere.

  • CreamandCrimson

    You don’t expect any Indiana kids to be brought in for the 2014 class? James Blackmon Jr. is already committed. He’s from Fort Wayne/Marion. I’m all for bringing in the best player possible, irregardless of where they were born. When the talent and location line up as they have with Blackmon Jr., it’s great for Tom Crean. Blackmon Jr. has been committed for a while and we shouldn’t forget him, he has the potential to be an elite scorer in Bloomington.

  • PocketHoosier

    Oops…for some reason, I always forget about Blackmon when discussing the 14-15 class, even though I know he’s coming and know he’s an Indiana kid.

  • PocketHoosier

    btw…”if we were to only get four commits out of [the 2014] class.”

    …*only* four? (I’m keying on the word *only*…we can’t take on a 4,5, or 6 player class every single year. It just doesn’t work)

    We can only verifiably take on a 2 player class, including Blackmon. In order to take on a 4 player class, 2 players would have to transfer away. My hunch is that AE is going to go Grad Transfer Exemption, Jurkin’s bad legs and stone hands finally catch up to him, and Hartman & Davis are competing this coming season for a single roster spot on the 14-15 squad. I don’t expect *all* of them to happen, but I expect 2 out of the four players to transfer to other programs for playing time with Tom Crean’s blessing. With the next 2 recruiting classes (incoming freshmen + 14-15s) stack up the way we expect them to stack up, AE wouldn’t play at all as a senior and that is unfortunate. He deserves to be able to play somewhere.

    I always thought Jurkin was a bad idea (thought if he was going to come at all, he should have been red shirted last season) His game is rough enough that his development can’t really absorb setbacks and it looks like he’s going to be injury prone throughout the rest of his career. He needs to either convert to an academic scholarship to stay at IU or transfer elsewhere to graduate under athletic scholarship.

    There’s nothing particularly wrong with either Hartman or Davis. We just don’t really have the space for both of them under scholarship. They were both pulled in when Crean was having to farm recruits really heavily and are likely the final crop of the rebuilding era.

    Davis is prone to playing hero ball, and although his performance at the Derby impressed even me, I think he’ll likely fall back down to Earth a bit once the season starts. I think Hartman has the capability to be the immediate contributor between the two and I feel he needs to devote his time to becoming a One-Trick-Pony: Shoot the three, Shoot the three, Shoot the three…and uh, Shoot the three. If he can build himself up to being a 40% outside shooter, I’m pretty sure he gets the spot.

  • Erik Holm

    Yesterday on Twitter, after Pinson set his announcement time, Lyle wanted his phone number. “@tpinsonn bro..DM me your number!”

    He obviously has an interest in communicating with him about his decision. Not sure what else it means. You might be on to something.

  • HoosierTrav

    We had zero shot at landing Troy Williams and Noah Vonleh at certain points too. I personally dont think Russell will come to bloomington bc we will have the guard positions shored up but to say zero chance is a little off.

  • PocketHoosier

    Not really. Pinson has refuted recent “expert” reports that Duke is no longer in his list of schools, but “Duke insiders” have been intimating since March that the relationship has cooled considerably and his feeling of where he fits in with the Blue Devils isn’t quite to his liking.

    You also have the fact that CTC has been “pushing” Theo a bit to commit before the end of Spring Evaluation. Tomorrow is the end of the Spring evaluation period and -take it for what it’s worth- Theo is committing on the final day (which, for some reason, seems to have taken most by surprise)

    Perhaps it’s looking for a sign within a coincidence, but I think the fact that he’s signing early and on the final day of Spring Evaluation lends itself much more towards an Indiana commitment than a Duke one.

  • calbert40

    Yup. Four. Maybe the word “only” was unneeded, but I think my overall point was pretty clear; I think the class will be four people.

    It is quite similar to how we signed six for 2013 and still had to add a transfer to make 13 scholarship players for this season despite only truly having three open slots prior to signing them all. I know many don’t like the oversign, but I don’t have issue with it, and I expect a class of four.

    I would be highly surprised if we only signed two. I believe Alex has predicted “3 or 4” for this class.

    So far as who may transfer or whose game doesn’t fit our program, I won’t get into that.

  • marcusgresham

    I’d highly doubt it.

  • PocketHoosier

    Both Gordon and Sheehey will exhaust their eligibility this season, which opens 2 scholarship spots *total*
    One is already spoken for in Blackmon, though leaving one bona fide scholarship opening at the moment. I expect the end of this coming season to be the final “Roster Shift” of the rebuilding era and that our best projection is for a 4 person class.
    In my eyes, that class would ideally be


  • marcusgresham

    Don’t get me wrong, I love having Indiana kids on the roster, and in a perfect world I’d take a team full of them, but I don’t care if a kid is from Pyongyang if he can play (hell, he’d already be used to wearing red.) I even embraced Remy, and he’s from Kentucky, which may be worse than North Korea.

  • PocketHoosier

    To be clear, I think we’re looking at a 4 person class as well. I truly was keying on the word “only.”

    I think that 4 is stretching the roster to its limit and that that’s what will happen.

    The ways in which I think we get to 4 openings were explained above.

  • RT1

    Saw them play Huntington Prep this season.

  • RT1

    If Pinson chooses Indiana, Lyle is out. Unfortunately, there is no room for them both. It’s a shame. I guess they are going to have Blackmon be the swing guard to spell Yogi. Looks like Yogi will be getting lots of minutes till they sign a real point like Coleman or Edwards. As far as Lyle goes… I think it’s Ville for him unless he goes in on a Lyle/Lyles/Bluitt package deal to UCLA or better yet, Butler.

  • People are just using Pinson’s fanhood of Duke as a reason for saying that.


    ” and he’s from Kentucky, which may be worse than North Korea”. This is getting the nod from me for best one liner of the off season so far. LOL


    Excellent comment & not because I agree with all of it. A paid talent analyzer I’m not but I know enough about bball to feel pretty confident that he would be a much better fit at IU than Russell would be. Give me Exum over Russell in a heartbeat. Thought Exum really stood out in the, can’t remember the actual name of the game, but it was where basically the rest of the world took on America’s best. Had the Harrison twins throwing their arms up in the air and hollering at their team mates when he schooled them. Definitely an impact player from the word go IMHO.

  • BTownJosh

    Another guy with “connections”