by Kent Sterling
Normally, I don’t give a damn where a 17 -ear-old chooses to attend college. It’s the kid’s decision, and whether he decides to head to Indiana, Duke, Kentucky, or SIU-Edwardsville is meaningless. College basketball isn’t the pros, and kids should be able to make this call without fanfare. Once they get to school, I enjoy them.
That’s almost always the case, but Theo Pinson is a crazy good offensive basketball player. He can shoot, elevate, and is a gifted passer. The measurables are Victor Oladipo-esque, but he is a much more polished basketball player than Oladipo was as a junior in high school. And he’s rumored to be down to Indiana and North Carolina, despite interest from Duke and Louisville.
To be honest, I’m a little tired of the hype machine that exists within the Indiana University fanbase. Every time a kid signs, the talk begins immediately that he’s going to the NBA after one year. I heard it about both Jeremy Hollowell and Hanner Perea, and the hype was just a little bit out of proportion with reality.
But I’m a little more excited about Pinson than anybody Indiana has targeted in a long time. Instead of waiting until the 2014 freshman class shows up to go to work and plays in actual games, I’m going to pay attention tomorrow when he makes his call.
For a look at what Pinson does in a highlight tape, take a look at the video below. Highlight tapes are generally a mixed bag. Kids don’t miss shots in highlight reels, and they don’t turn the ball over. In Pinson’s, he does things that you won’t see a lot in any reel.
I really like this kid, and wherever he goes, I can’t wait to see if I’m right about him as being a very special player.