Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The 6-foot-6 small forward from Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) picked North Carolina on Wednesday over Indiana, Louisville, Duke and Georgetown.
Ranked No. 15 by Rivals in the Class of 2014, Pinson joins fellow five-star recruits, 6-2 guard Joel Berry and 6-6 wing Justin Jackson in Roy Williams‘ class for that year.
Pinson gives the Heels a long athlete who can create mismatches on offense and who can guard several positions on defense.
“He’s good,” one coach at another school involved in his recruitment said. “He needs to add weight and to work on his shot.”
Indiana coach Tom Crean and his staff had also worked very hard for Pinson, traveling several times to watch him and his CP3 All-Stars play, including at last month’s Nike EYBL stop in Hampton, Va.
But in the end Pinson chose to stay home with the Heels.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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.