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Five-star junior Theo Pinson announces for North Carolina

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

When we spoke with Theo Pinson in late April, he said he wanted to trim his list soon. And then suddenly last Saturday, reports surfaced that Pinson was cutting his list to five -- and ready to make a decision.

That decision came on Wednesday afternoon: Pinson is headed to North Carolina.

The 6-foot-5 wing from Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC) chose the Tar Heels over primary competition from Indiana, although Louisville, Georgetown and Duke were also in his final five.

The 6-foot-5 Pinson has tremendous vision. (Nike)
Theo Pinson couldn't say no to the in-state Tar Heels. (Nike)

Being an in-state prospect, the pull to stay home was too strong for Pinson. He's only a short drive to Chapel Hill, and he took several unofficial visits to the Tar Heels' campus. With people constantly in his ear about playing for the home-state powerhouse, Pinson ultimately couldn't say no.

Indiana seemed to have the lead for most of his recruitment, with the Hoosiers having all the momentum and looking like the choice when Pinson said he would be deciding. Tom Crean and his staff have followed Pinson around the entire spring, making their presence known at each of his games. He was a top priority for the Hoosiers. But Pinson had no plans to leave Tobacco Road.

At the next level, Pinson has the ability to be a matchup problem. He has good size for the perimeter, and his passing ability and vision are outstanding. Pinson can make difficult passes with either hand, and can see over the defense. He has great length and is very athletic. Pinson can also get to the rim on most defenders. In order to truly be a dominant player, he needs to become more consistent with his jumper and also improve his ball-handling ability.

Defensively, Pinson can be a stud. He can guard multiple positions due to his length and size. It's that type of versatility that made Pinson such a sought-after recruit. He was ranked No. 12 in the 247 Sports Composite.

Pinson is the third five-star player to commit to North Carolina for the 2014 class. He joins talented small forward Justin Jackson and point guard Joel Berry in that group. Those three will form the primary core in Chapel Hill for a few years.

With four freshmen seeing minutes last season, and a very good three-man recruiting class coming in this season, there will be plenty of young talent on Roy Williams' roster in 2014-15.

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