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Introducing sophomore wing Joseph Pinion

Joseph Pinion
Joseph Pinion

In the coming weeks, we will be looking at several under-the-radar prospects that were primed to use the travel circuit to boost their recruiting stock this summer. Now, with grassroots basketball on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, these prospects may not get the exposure in the coming months as they would have otherwise.

Today, we take a look at Joseph Pinion.

2020 Rankings: Rivals150 | Team | Position

2021 Rankings: Rivals150 | Position

2022 Rankings: Top 75



A 6-foot-6 sophomore wing out of Morrilton (Ark.) High, Joseph Pinion has good size, is a good athlete and plays with purpose on both ends of the floor.

During the summer, he plays with the Joe Johnson Hawks on the Adidas 3SSB circuit and his jump shot is a major weapon. He has effortless range to well beyond the three point line and great mechanics on said jumper.

On top of that, he's a pretty capable of creating off the dribble, plays with some edge to his game and is still filling out physically.

"I would describe myself as a great shooter and ball-handler and also an unselfish playmaker," Pinion told "I believe my IQ separates me from others."


Pinion reports scholarship offers from Central Arkansas, DePaul, Kansas, Oral Roberts, South Alabama and Tulsa. Others who are involved include Arkansas, Baylor, Illinois, Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford and Virginia Tech.

So far, he's been on the campuses of Arkansas and Central Arkansas and he's not anywhere near making his college decision.


I recently spent some time watching game film of Pinion and I was immediately impressed by his size, ability to shoot from deep and his all-around game. I was also impressed by his effort level, matching the swagger with which he plays the game. He's got confidence, but doesn't come off as too cocky.

Watching film and seeing somebody in person are two entirely different things, so when I get that chance to watch in person I'll be watching closely to see if he can match what the reels show. As it is, I feel like I've seen enough to go ahead and slot him as a four-star prospect and would say that he's a pretty good bet to be included in our next set of rankings for the class of 2022.