Pinson Going National

Pinson Going National

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. --- Theo Pinson is the subject of a burgeoning national recruitment, evidenced by the college coaches that lined the sidelines of his EYBL Finals opener on Thursday and the double-digit tally of reporters that awaited him afterward.

"I haven't thought about that yet," Pinson said of his recruitment. "After everything has settled down following the AAU season, and we get ready to go back to school, me and my family will start talking about that stuff."

Ironically for the Greensboro, N.C. native, it was local schools North Carolina and Duke that offered within the last week, joining Ohio State, Indiana, Georgetown, Louisville and Kentucky.

Pinson received a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels during a phone call with Carolina head coach Roy Williams, who was then courtside for Pinson's Thursday morning game.

"When I got the offer, I was honored just to hear from Coach Williams," explained Pinson. "He told me he wanted me to come to North Carolina."

"Ever since then, things have been a little crazy," he continued. "Especially in North Carolina -- people have been coming up to me and congratulating me and my family a lot."

The coach of his CP3 All-Stars team, Jon Adams, said of UNC's offer, "I think he liked the offer a lot. He hasn't said much about it, but he's just taking it all in and trying to stay focused with the task at hand on the court."

Pinson declined to share the full specifics of his conversation with Williams. He did, however, say that they talked about a lot more than basketball.

"We talked about how he stays in touch with his players after they leave," said Pinson. "He said they treat their players like a family. It was nice talking to him, he's a great coach, on the court and off the court."

This summer Pinson has played in a number of national events including the Nike Global Challenge (NGC) and the LeBron James Skills Academy.

"It was a great experience," Pinson said of the NGC. "I liked it a lot. Just playing with other great players and it makes you look good also – you pass them the ball and they finish."

Pinson's signature moment at the NGC came in a matchup against Andrew Wiggins – Scout.com's No. 1 player in the class of 2014. Pinson finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds in an overtime loss.

"The whole game was fun, just going back and forth," said Pinson. "I didn't go in saying ‘I'm going to check Andrew Wiggins.' During the flow of the game, I just thought ‘well we need some stops. If he hits a lot of buckets, he's going to have to go through me first.'"

During his only off day between the two events – one was in Las Vegas and the other Washington, D.C. – Pinson scrimmaged with his CP3 teammates and fit in his daily shooting routine.

"He came back home, hit the gym and put up 1,000 shots," Adams said. "That's his daily routine. He does that every week day during the summer, all so he can continue improving."

Because of his routine, Pinson's shooting prowess and range have improved throughout the summer. From event to event, he's consistently knocking down perimeter jumpers and rounding out his game.

"The main change I've made on my jump shot is I'm holding my follow through," said Pinson. "I'm not bringing my arm down and working everyday on my pull-up jumper."

Following CP3's win on Thursday, a 12-person crowd of reporters swarmed Pinson to conduct postgame interviews. Adams believes Pinson handles the attention so well because of his parents.

"He's just a very down to earth kid and he has a great family support system," said Adams. "It's funny that he plays for CP3 and Chris Paul is such a down-to-earth guy. Like Chris, he just likes being with his teammates and winning games."

Pinson and CP3 will leave from North Augusta and head to Orlando for the AAU National Championships on Saturday. The 6-foot-6, rising junior said he views every game as an opportunity to improve.

"I've just got to stay in attack mode," he said. "I'm not going to say I was passive before, but I wasn't as aggressive as I am now. In order for my team to win, I've got to stay aggressive and be consistent."

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