Theo Pinson gives UNC early number one class for 2014


The Tar Heels landed another big class of 2014 commit on Wednesday, just adding to their quick start on the class of 2014.

Many speculated where 2014 forward Theo Pinson would commit too. While Pinson considered Georgetown, Louisville and Duke, in the end it came down to two. Those two were Indiana and North Carolina.

It might have come as a little surprise that Pinson selected North Carolina, after UNC and Indiana have been battling for prospects over the years. Some experts also predicted Indiana was the favorite. The commit also serves as a little bit of a win for the Tar Heels after they missed out on 2013 top recruit Andrew Wiggins last week. Carolina now boosts an impressive 2014 class.

Pinson is ranked the No. 13 best prospect on the ESPN Top 60 list, and has been scouted as having great versatile on the court. While Pinson isn’t considered an elite scorer, he brings many things to the table for the Tar Heels.

The Tar Heels have also received commitments from guard Joel Berry and forward Justin Jackson. Berry is the No. 12 ranked prospect, and Jackson is No. 14 according to ESPN.com. All three commitments give UNC three top 15 players in the Top 60 for 2014, the only team in the nation to do that so far.

What does this mean for the Tar Heels? It means they have earned an early number one recruiting ranking for the 2014 class. And they may not be done just yet.

After missing out on a few top recruits over the last few years, it seems as if Roy Williams and the Tar Heels have got back on the right track. This 2014 class determines the teams future, as it’s likely players like James Michael McAdoo and PJ Hairston will be gone after next season. That’s when the 2014 class comes in.

Their 2013 class isn’t bad and does provide some talent. Despite losing out on Wiggins, the 2013 class gives the Tar Heels more depth going into the season. Something they struggled with last season, and ended up costing them some games.

While it’s still early in the recruiting process, the Tar Heels have gone out and recruited three very good players from the 2014 class. It’s a step in the right direction.

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