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Tuesday / February 21.

Theo Pinson Set to Make an Impact at North Carolina

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Theo Pinson has high expectations for his first year in Chapel Hill.

In fact, anything short of an NCAA championship would be a failure in his eyes.

“Our only goal is to win a national championship next year,” Pinson told “You can tell from this year, they are top 15 in the nation preseason. They just need a couple more guards and a wing, and that’s what we’ve got coming, so we’re going to do our best.”

Pinson is part of a 2014 Carolina class that includes top 20-players Joel Berry and Justin Jackson.

Berry, a 6-foot point guard out of Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), has been named Mr. Basketball in Florida two years in a row, and will be the first player in FHSAA history to win it three times if he wins it this year.

Jackson, a 6-foot-8 wing out of HCYA (TX), is ranked No. 8 in the class of 2014 by ESPN. He brings a subtle smoothness that led the talented Houston Hoops squad all summer on the Nike EYBL circuit alongside Duke-bound Justise Winslow and Kansas-bound Kelly Oubre.

“I think what we bring is the determination to win,” Pinson said. “We do whatever it takes to win games. Thats what Coach [Roy] Williams likes, and that’s what we are going to try to do.

Pinson’s Wesleyan Christian Academy team went 2-1 in the Chick Fil A Classic this weekend, despite losing Houston-bound point guard JaQuel Richmond before the tournament with a pulled hamstring. Pinson averaged 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game running the point for WCA in wins over Spring Valley (S.C.) and St. Frances (MD) and a loss to Oak Hill Academy (VA).

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.