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Saturday / August 15.
  • Class of 2022 small forward Joseph Pinion says three schools working hardest

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    By JACOB POLACHECK

    Joseph Pinion, the 6-foot-6, 180-pound small forward from Morrilton (AR), told ZAGSBLOG Wednesday that Ole Miss, Baylor and Arkansas have been in contact with him the most. He broke down each school:

    Ole Miss: “They just talk about how I’d fit in great with the way they play. I really like their coaching staff. I feel like I’m a top priority for them in my class.”

    Baylor: “The same as Ole Miss. They have great basketball facilities and they play basketball at a very high level all the time.”

    Arkansas: “Their main pitch is how they can help me get to the NBA and what they can do after college.”

    Pinion took unofficial visits to Baylor (Aug. 10) and Arkansas (Nov. 2) last year.

    He will meet with Ole Miss staff via Zoom sometime this week.

    Pinion also holds offers from Kansas, TCU, Oklahoma, Creighton, DePaul, Tulsa, Murray State, Central Arkansas, South Alabama and Oral Roberts.

    He has also been receiving new interest from Illinois, Virginia and Texas Tech.

    With the current COVID-19 pandemic, Pinion has been unable to take visits this summer. In the meantime, he says he’s taking three factors into account.

    “How they practice, how they play and how good the school is academically,” he said.

    As a sophomore, Pinion averaged 18.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 assists per game during the 2019-20 season.

    Towards the end of the season, Pinion suffered a knee injury that has kept him out for most of the summer.

    “I have been cleared to play,” Pinion said. “I’ve just been slowly coming back to make sure I don’t re-injure it.

    Pinion broke down his game for ZAGSBLOG in April:

    “I feel like I do everything on the floor,” he said. “I can rebound, shoot the ball well and communicate with my teammates.”

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