Posted by Jeff Borzello
HAMPTON, Va. – When a player can compare himself to Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant and still come off humble, you know you have something special on your hands.
Theo Pinson, a 6-foot-6 wing from Oak Ridge (N.C.), is one of the top players in the class of 2014 and has the potential to be an NBA lottery pick in the future.
He is arguably the best long-term prospect in North Carolina right now, and that includes top-five 2012 guard Rodney Purvis. Pinson is extremely long and athletic, and creates match-up problems with his ability to pass the ball and knock down shots from the perimeter.
Pinson’s vision and awareness on the offensive end of the floor is superior to nearly all of his peers in the class of 2014. He can find teammates in transition or in the half-court, utilizing skip passes and no-look dimes to fill up the highlight reel.
“I really like to get my teammates involved,” Pinson said. “Nine out of 10 times, if I don’t have an open shot, I’m going to pass the ball.”
For a player going against guys two years his senior, Pinson is an eye-opening prospect.
“They just keep moving me up,” Pinson said of playing at the 17U level. “It’s a chance to see where I’m at with my game.”
“He was 14 years old at Nationals last year,” CP3 All-Stars assistant coach Antone Williams said. “He showed he could play with the best.”
Pinson played on D-One Sports for most of last season’s AAU circuit, looking like the next stud in a lineage that included John Wall and Quincy Miller.
Maybe it was the Jordan Brand gear that persuaded him, but Pinson seems happy with CP3.
“At the time, [D-One] was a good fit,” his father, Theo Pinson Sr., said. “But CP3 gave him the opportunity to play in the EYBL.”
Added the younger Pinson: “I like it a lot. We got a lot of players in our class that are very good.”
As far as recruiting, Pinson is hearing from a long list of schools, but he pinpointed Syracuse, Clemson, Georgetown and Virginia Tech.