Pinion First In-State Commitment in Class of 2022
Joseph Pinion, a class of 2022 small forward out of Morrilton, AR, has committed to play at the University of Arkansas. Pinion is a 6’6” 180 pound small forward/wing in-State prospect who has played AAU basketball for the Arkansas Hawks. Pinion is rated as both a three star and four star by top recruiting services, but is regarded as a top 150 player by all top recruiting services. Pinion holds 14 division one offers from schools including Baylor, Kansas, Creighton, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, and other high and low majors. Duke has even expressed some interest in Pinion as well. Pinion averaged 18.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game as a Sophomore for Morrilton.
Pinion, like most prospect Coach Musselman and staff pursue, has the assets to be a viable option in multiple positions. Pinion is listed as a small forward, but is versatile enough to handle the ball in the point guard position, as well as create his own shot in a shooting guard role.
Pinion has a well developed shot, and is not afraid to shoot the ball from NBA range. Pinion looks comfortable leading the fast break, getting the ball to the open guy, but also driving to the basket when given the opportunity. Pinion finishes around the basket with ease, but will throw down a dunk if given enough room. Pinion can guard positions one through four on the court. His length allows him to grab rebounds when in position, and then ignite the fast break. He uses his size well when contesting shots, the reason why averaged more than one block per game in the 2019-20 high school basketball season.
Pinion compares to NBA small forward Gordon Hayward. At 6’7” and 225 pounds, Hayward is similar to Pinion in terms of length. Given Pinion’s young age, he is only 180 pounds but has plenty of time to develop his frame into one over 200 pounds. Hayward is a solid example of an all-around player, which is the type of game Pinion also brings to the court.