Five-star wing Theo Pinson commits to North Carolina

  • 05/22/2013 12:13 pm in

052213cbvIn the end, the chance to play close to home for one of the nation’s top programs was too much for Theo Pinson to turn down.

The class of 2014 wing, rated a consensus five-star prospect, ended his recruitment on Wednesday with a verbal commitment to North Carolina.

Pinson announced his decision at his high school, Wesleyan Christian Academy, in High Point, North Carolina. He was heavily recruited by Indiana and also considered Duke, Georgetown and Louisville.

He’s the third member of North Carolina’s recruiting class for 2014, joining point guard Joel Berry and small forward Justin Jackson.

Indiana offered Pinson in May of 2012 and hosted him on an unofficial visit last June and for an official visit in early February for a primetime game against No. 1 Michigan on ESPN’s College GameDay.

The Indiana staff also attended the final three games of his high school season when he led Wesleyan Christian to its first state championship in 20 years and many of his games this spring for the CP3 All-Stars in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL).

As recently as May 11, Pinson told Inside the Hall that the Hoosiers were “looking good” in his recruitment and that he planned to trim down his list in the coming weeks.

But his timeline accelerated as he decided late last week that he was ready to end the process.

The Hoosiers have one verbal commitment in the 2014 class — James Blackmon Jr. — but are well positioned with several top players including Dante Exum and Goodluck Okonoboh.

Video of Pinson talking about his decision after the jump.

(Photo credit: Adidas Nations)

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  • IUCommish

    I wish the kid good luck. And I have to say, the way IU fans are handling this makes me proud to be an alum. Total class all the way, I hope his twitter account shows the same class that’s displayed on this page.

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  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Oh, darn it. I wish he’d have picked IU. That would’ve been an excellent get by Crean.

    Oh well… he’ll succeed wherever he goes. Best of luck to him.

  • Kenneth234

    I don’t think Goodluck fits the bill as a “bruising big man”. The kid is 6’9″ maybe 210 lbs, but I doubt that. He is an off the ball shot blocker. If a big bruising big man is what you want, look somewhere else.

  • PDXHoosier

    From what I saw at the hoops summit in Portland, Exum should be a top priority. He was the quickest player on the court

  • PDXHoosier

    There is always a need to look at talent out of state. There have been some good players from Indiana we have lost to other B1G schools recently, but who’s to assume that they are ours to lose? Not every Indiana kid wants to play for Indiana, unfortunately.

  • ace132

    he just named 9 players who stayed 3+ years an UNC and u completely dismissed it. Maybe you should rethink what the word develops means. You could also throw in nick collsion and kirk Hinrich from his kansas days.

  • skotchie

    I am thrilled with the 2013 class, that’s MY focus – the here & now. Best wishes to young Mr. Pinson @ UNC a quality university.
    Looking forward to sharing this forum w/ Patty Williams for the next four years. I mean that sincerely!

  • Patty Williams

    Thank you skotchie!!! I can’t wait. I know Troy is going to have to prove himself but it is what it is and this is why it is so exciting to me.

  • skotchie

    I am equally excited about this 2013 team, they have a long road & a lot of work to do. I am confident they will exceed expectations!!!!!

  • Jim

    38-0 our backcourt was outscored by Syracuse. That’s called folding when it counts. Crean has been able to land better players that are graduating and he did win take us to back-to-back Sweet 16’s, but the ceiling should be national championships. And we need to start getting 2-3 players in the top 20 on a yearly basis. From Indiana or not.

  • b_side

    JT, development isn’t just about taking unknown players like Oladipo and turning them into lotto picks. Those are the outliers.

    It’s also about recruiting high level players and getting them to buy into the system. Roy’s won two titles in less than 10 years and you’re ready to dismiss it simply because he recruited AND won with talent.

    Pinson didn’t make a bad choice. He simply made A choice – one that in my humble opinion is a win-win situation.