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Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future=====

ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Sunday, December 15, 2002

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Wichita State's loss may be Pirates' gain

 
Catch up on hoops recruiting news...

Pinnock back in Pirates' recruiting mix...
Prolific scorer Atuahene warms up to ECU...
Driesell still thorn in ECU's side...
Reynolds' Foster makes it official...
ECU high on lists of backcourt slashers...
Prospects Cook, King put off decisions...
'Power guard' Cook books ECU excursion...
ECU still beating bushes for point guards...
Fayetteville guard likes ECU's C-USA ties...
C-USA teams lure big men, big names...
Jamaican joins ECU's international cast...
49ers, Cards snare key '03 commitments...
Ranking the Carolinas recruiting classes...
Foster has plans to bulk up for C-USA...
Wiley refining his game for C-USA wars...
Holcombe-Faye 'pipeline' flows eastward...
'Hot Hand Luke' sold on ECU & C-USA...
Juco wings top off dazzling class...
It's a wrap ó ECU signs Moberly's Wiley...
Pirate recruiting class almost complete...
JC Transfer Mackay Makes It Official...
Herrion Snares Aussie Shooting Guard...
High-scoring Rivers signs with ECU...
Pirates seek experience in Juco targets...
Rivers attracted by 'tough' schedule...
'Minges Maniacs' impacted decision...
ECU makes early offer to Enloe junior...
C-USA transforms Pirates' recruiting...
ACC schools' pursuit of Rouse too late...
Mumau's C-USA recruiting roundup...
Kinston forward Rouse officially signs...

Catch up on football recruiting news...

J.T. connects with prep coaches, recruits
ECU recruits get taste of Dowdy-Ficklen...
Pirates' commitments in holding pattern...
ECU targets Va., Ga., N.J., prep stars...
Pirates faced with new recruiting obstacle...
Recruit "set" on ECU but open to suitors...
Camp Logan grad Adams commits...
First impressions important for OT Brown...
Starmount O-lineman Brown headed East...
Parker, Brim wield multiple talents...
Beddingfield QB Parker picks Pirates...
ECU wins recruiting battle for Brim...
Future Pirates hang out together...
Pace quickens: Howard, Black commit...
Running backs stable gains young talent...
Batten's 2003 Recruiting Crystal Ball...
Scotland Connection Keeps Flowing...
Lineman Devours Barbells & Groceries...
Batten's Signing Day Report Card...
Newest Pirates & Thumbnail Profiles...
Bonesville Scores 92% ó 22 of 24 Sign...
Signing Day Reflects Progress at ECU...
Coach Primed for His Favorite Time...
Video Clips from Signing Day...
Signees from the Carolinas & C-USA...

©2002 Bonesville.net

Add another name to the list of backcourt players being recruited by East Carolina. And itís a name that wasnít even in the "available" column six weeks ago.

J.R. Pinnock, a 6-4 swingman at Virginia Beach (VA) Coastal Christian Academy, said in the middle of October that he would attend Wichita State next year. But the commitment did not hold up as he failed to sign a letter of intent with the Shockers during Novemberís early signing week.

Now, heís fair game again, and Wichita State is no longer mentioned when talking about Pinnockís future.

"He got to thinking about how far away Wichita State is," said Walter Webb, the basketball coach at Virginia Beach (VA) Coastal Christian Academy. "He just wanted to be closer to home."

Home for Pinnock is McDonough, GA, where he averaged 21 points, six rebounds and four assists as a junior at Eagles Landing High School.

"J.R. is already away from home this year," Webb said, "and he doesnít want to move farther away next year. He would like to go to college back in Georgia, but if not, he at least wants to be closer than Wichita. He hopes he can be close enough that his family and friends will have a chance to see him play once in a while."

East Carolina has jumped into the hunt for Pinnock and may be the leader. Others showing interest include George Washington, Liberty and Hampton. Liberty offered a scholarship back in the fall when Oklahoma and Louisiana State had J.R. on their recruiting lists.

The Pirates have not offered Pinnock a scholarship yet, according to Webb, but he expects that to happen.

"They seem real interested to me," Webb said. "Someone from East Carolina saw him play in the Bull City Classic (in Durham), and Iím hoping they will see him this weekend (Dec. 12-14) in our Christmas at the Beach tournament."

Pinnock is averaging 18.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists through nine games (5-4), while hitting 49 percent of his three-point shots and 86 percent of his free throws.

"We have four players averaging in double figures," Webb said, "so there are others who can score. J.R. doesnít have to do everything. But he is a player who can do a lot of things.

"He jumps pretty well and can help on the boards. He is a good shooter ó he has always been able to do that ó with plenty of range. He can get his own shot easily and shoots it just as well off the dribble or catching a pass.

"J.R. needs a little work on his ball handling, and thatís coming along. He has to protect the ball better in traffic. He is a great finisher. He takes it to the basket and gets to the free throw line a lot.

"He is having to play defense here," Webb said. "He is learning a lot more about the game on a higher level. He is playing against postgraduates, guys who are stronger and older than he is. Heís going against better players, and that makes him better.

"He will be a wing guard/small forward in college. For us, heís a small forward."

Webb said Pinnock is in no hurry, and that he is very interested in ECU.

"I know he will take a visit there if heís invited. His only visit has been to Wichita State. East Carolina is closer to home, but thereís more to it than that. Their basketball team is off to a good start, and it looks like they have things going in the right direction. And Conference USA is very appealing.

"I think J.R. is being under-recruited big-time," Webb said. "If East Carolina gets him, it would be getting a big steal. A lot of times, kids donít get the exposure it takes to be recruited heavily. People just donít know about him. He will look around and see who comes after him.

"He could wait until April to make his college decision."

Cincy adds fourth

Cincinnatiís 2003 recruiting class got stronger with the addition of James White. He becomes the fourth member of that class, joining 6-7 small forward Mike Pilgrim and a pair of jucos, 6-3 wing guard Nick Williams and 6-10 center Robert Whaley, all of whom signed last month.

White, a 6-6 small forward, announced in early November that he was leaving Florida following a freshman season in which he played just over 20 minutes per game. Playing time was the reason for his decision to transfer.

White averaged 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. His best game came against Tennessee when he scored 18 points and grabbed eight boards in 30 minutes.

He visited Cincinnati and Missouri. He plans to enroll at Cincinnati in January, making him eligible to play for the Bearcats in January of 2004.

White was suspended three times while at Florida, once last year for violating team rules and twice this year for possession of a paintball gun. He underwent surgery in mid-October for the removal of a cyst from his left knee.

He was ranked the No. 10 prospect in the country by Prepstars.com when he was a senior at Chatham (VA) Military Academy. An exciting player in the open court, White is a fine athlete noted for his leaping ability and crowd-pleasing dunks.

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