Pinson ready to decideTheo Pinson is considered one of the top prospects in the nation for the 2014 class and is ready to make his announcement. The 6-foot-5 wing is rated as the 10th best prospect in the nation according to 247Sports and the number one overall player in the state of North Carolina for the rising senior class.
Theo Pinson will make his college decision on Wednesday.
Most have speculated that Pinson will choose between the home state Tar Heels and Tom Crean’s Indiana Hoosiers on Wednesday when he makes an decision around 12:15 p.m. from Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C.
Pinson has taken several unofficial visits to see the Tar Heels over the past few seasons but has only taken one official visit during the recruiting process. That trip was to see the Hoosiers back on the weekend of February 2nd.
Following the trip, Pinson’s father spoke with 247Sports about what stood out.
“They have a complete program. They do it all. They want to win. The coaching staff, the fans are great,” he said. “The way they push the players, how they make the players better — they make them play defense. They hang their hat on playing defense.”
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Four-star SF with optionsTerry Larrier (Bronx, N.Y./Phelps School) has been averaging nine points and six rebounds playing with Team Scan on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring. Team’s have taken notice with the 6-foot-7 small forward holding close to 20 offers after picking up two more from Arizona State and South Carolina recently.
The Gamecocks and Frank Martin watched the four-star prospect at the Boo Williams event at the end of April and stepped forward with their offer shortly after. The Gamecock head coach is someone that Larrier is very familiar with.
“I know about Coach Martin,” Larrier said. “I know he was coaching at Kansas State and had a really good career there. He was able to get a couple guys to the NBA and he has a really good reputation.”
2014 Four-star SF Terry Larrier
Larrier is not ready to narrow things down and is still open to any schools willing to recruit him but he did mention a few schools that he felt were showing him the most interest along with how a visit to see VCU went this season.
“I have been talking with Providence, VCU, Southern California, Miami and Maryland a lot,” he said. “This past season I took a visit to VCU. The atmosphere really stood out, the campus is really nice and it is a good spot there in Richmond and I like the coaching staff.”
Following the AAU season, Larrier will sit down with his family and start to narrow things down. When he does that, he talked about the certain aspects of each program that he will be looking for to help him make a decision.
“I am looking for a family atmosphere and a coaching staff that has a good back ground, especially the head coach,” he said. “Then I will look at things like team’s that likes to run and that makes the NCAA Tournament. Since I hope that basketball is my future I want to find a team that gets players in to the league and helps develops players.”
Larrier is carries an overall grade of 92 by 247Sports.
2015 Shooting guard picking up offersAntonio Blakeney (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) used a strong spring AAU period to raise his stock in the eyes of college coaches. Playing alongside other talented players on the E1T1 16 and under team, several new schools stepped forward with offers while a few more are keeping close contact and could be close to extending tenders.
“Since the end of the evaluation period, things have really picked up,” Blakeney said. “I have picked up new offers from Florida, Clemson, Xavier, Notre Dame, Miami and have started receiving interest from Louisville, Butler and Memphis.”
The Gators also extended an offer to Blakeney’s teammate and friend 2015 power forward Alex Owens. Part of their recruiting pitch is bringing the pair to Gainesville to round out their 2015 recruiting class.
2015 SG Antonio Blakeney has picked up several new offers.
“The Florida offer felt really good,” Blakeney said. “They are one of my favorite schools and they told me that can really see me and Alex (Owens) coming in and playing together. They said if they got me and Alex they would be done recruiting 2015.”
This coming summer, Blakeney says that he will attend a high school team camp at Florida and plans to make other unofficial visits although he was unsure of where. When he returns to his AAU team in July, he hopes to continue the hot play from the spring.
He talked about the things that he did well that he hopes to carry over.
“I think I led my team to win a lot of games,” he said. “I scored the ball real well with my all around game, whether it is offensive rebounds or shooting, whatever it has taken.”
Blakeney is currently a three-star player with a grade of 88.
News and Notes
2014 Gary Clark (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) has picked up new offers from Seton Hall, Wichita State, Pittsburgh, Richmond and Cincinnati since mid-April. The 6-foot-7 power forward has spoken with Xavier and Virginia Tech and they have told him that they plan to see him more during the month of July. The Musketeers have told Clark they will likely offer once they see him in July. Clark says he is wide open right now and could potentially wait until the spring to make a decision.
2014 Devioco Butler (Charlotte, N.C./Queen City Prep) has been playing with the Atlanta Xpress this spring. His play has started to draw heavy interest from Miami, Cincinnati, South Carolina, Mississippi and Towson. The 6-foot-4 guard said on Sunday night that he did not have any offers to this point but that the Bearcats and Towson have been contacting with him the most. This coming summer, Butler plans to take an unofficial visit to Miami in June and he hopes to visit Cincinnati as well. This past season at Queen City Prep he averaged 22 points per game but will transfer to Mt. Zion this coming fall.
2014 Isaiah Omoregie (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit) currently holds offers from Northeast, Jacksonville, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Drexel, Miami (OH) and Kennesaw State. After a solid spring with the Florida Flash, the 6-foot-8 power forward has started to receive heavy interest from Florida State, Kansas State and Auburn. Omoregie plans to take several visits this coming summer but is only sure of a trip to Drexel at this point.
2015 Matt Milon (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo) currently holds offers from Central Florida, Purdue, George Mason, Georgia Southern, Wichita State, Rice and Oregon State. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard played with the Florida Q6 All-Stars this past spring and has started to receive heavy interest from Marquette, Georgia and Connecticut.
2015 Nick Rutherford (Indianapolis, IN/Pike) has been hearing the most from Wake Forest, Miami, Illinois, Northwestern and Penn State. This summer he plans to attend elite camps at Michigan and Wake Forest
Georgia Southern picked up a commitment this weekend from 6-foot-5 small forward Angel Matias of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The 2013 recruit is originally from Puerto Rico and played his high school ball at Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, Fla.). He is the fourth member of new head coach Mark Byington’s class for the Eagles.
William and Mary landed a commitment from 2014 shooting guard Connor Burchfield (Concord, N.C./Concord) over the weekend. The 6-foot-4 prospect has been playing with PSB select this summer and continues to round out his game by adding an attacking element to go along with his shooting ability. He is the first commitment for the Tribe.