There are not too many people in the current NCAA that can say they have been conference champions, have been to multiple Final Fours, have been to multiple national championship games, and of course, have won a national championship. One man that can say that is recent UNC graduate Theo Pinson, who just took the next step in his career in hopes of continuing his success on the professional level.
There is good news and there is bad news. To start with the bad news: Theo Pinson was not drafted during the NBA Draft tonight. It was disappointing to say the least, as many people feel like Theo Pinson is built for the NBA. However, the good news is DraftExpress tweeted that Theo Pinson is expected to sign a two-way contract with the Brooklyn Nets. This means that Pinson can spend time with Brooklyn’s G-League affiliate, or the Nets themselves at any given time during the life of the contact.
This past season was a strong finish to Theo Pinson’s college career. He finished the season with a career high 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.1 points per game. He was a major factor in the Heels getting all the way to the ACC Tournament Championship game this past season before falling to the Virginia Cavaliers. He spent his senior year playing just about every position on the floor, causing fits for opposing offenses, as well as creating plenty of plays on offense. Pinson was also an instrumental piece in UNC’s National Championship run during the 2016-17 season.
Pinson wasn’t initially invited to the NBA Draft Combine before receiving a very delayed invite. He made a number of NBA scouts pay attention to him as he worked out for numerous teams including the Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic, and Los Angeles Lakers. After earning so many workouts, there was a heightened level of curiosity amongst the Tar Heel faithful as to whether or not he would get drafted. While that didn’t end up working out, a two-way contract out of undrafted free agency is certainly a great opportunity for Theo to make a name for himself.
After having earned a seat at the table amongst the many championship players at UNC, Theo Pinson has now earned a seat in the NBA. We wish him the best of luck, and as always, Go Heels!