Mar 21, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams addresses the media during practice the day before the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball Recruiting: Theo Pinson's Impact on Recruiting


The North Carolina Tar Heels received great news on Wednesday when in state small forward and five star prospect Theo Pinson committed to the Tar Heels. Much of the fan base predicted him to take his services to Indiana, but those fans were proved happily wrong.

Maybe some fans think now that UNC has Pinson committed that there is no room for the consensus number one target Rashad Vaughn. Pinson committing should not sway his recruitment, the two play different positions and there is still much playing time to go around for the 2014-2015 year on the perimeter. Coach Williams will still be pressing for Vaughn, but many expect now that it will be a dog fight for him.

Theo’s decision has more impact than just on the court.

There is one major thing that UNC having Pinson helps them with off of the basketball court. That “thing” is 2016 recruit Harry Giles. Giles has been called by Dave Telep as one of the best freshman prospects that he has ever evaluated.

For those who do not know, Giles attends Wesleyan Christian Academy: the same school Pinson attends. Giles also plays for Team CP3, the same AAU club Pinson plays for. There have been reports that Giles was a UNC fan growing up, and he is the only freshman Roy Williams has ever offered a scholarship to. Theo Pinson will be a senior next year and Giles will be a sophmore.

At Pinson’s announcement Wednesday he said he will be working Harry. He also jokingly put his UNC hat on Giles’s head, who then took it off after. Having Pinson at school and on the same basketball team as Giles will help the Tar Heels immensely in recruiting him.

Pinson is now an extension of UNC recruiting and will try to get Giles to UNC when that time comes. Also with having Pinson, UNC now has three players ranked in the top 15 for the 2014 class. Not one big name school has that situation at the moment. Most fans think that the 2014 class is not done yet either, it may be or may not be. Who knows. One thing for sure is that with having these three great players committed so early is that Coach Williams and the rest of the staff can get a head start on the 2015 and 2016 classes.

UNC now has the time to  start very early and strong with these classes, more so than other schools. Yes, the 2014 class for UNC is not done yet or set in stone, but look for a good amount of recruiting to be done on the guys in the 2015 and 2016 classes.

Recruiting at North Carolina is about to step it up to another notch. Theo Pinson committing to UNC early as well as Justin Jackson and Joel Berry could play a huge role in the future recruiting for the Tar Heels.

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