Wednesday, July 29, 2009

How often do you see this?

Jayvaughn Pinkston is a a top 100 recruit out of Bishop Loughlin in Brooklyn. At 6'6", 240 lb, Pinkston is a forward that can play both inside and outside, drawing comparisons to Jamal Mashburn.

He has a skill set that could make him a match-up nightmare at the collegiate level.

But Pinkston's summer has been much different than that of most other top 100 recruits. You see, there have been some concerns over whether or not Pinkston was going to be able to get NCAA eligible as he missed a chunk of his junior season due to academics. He even toyed with the idea of transferring to Oak Hill Academy.

Jayvaughn Pinkston had a great tournament in the Adidas Super 64.
(photo credit: FiveBoroSports)

Instead, Pinkston decided to skip the All-American camps, instead deciding to attend summer school to help boost his grades before finishing up his senior year at Loughlin.

From Zagsblog:
"Yes, it is," Pinkston said when asked if sitting out was hard. "I was looking forward to coming out and playing against some of the top players in my class."

"I'm trying to become a better student-athlete, so that's why I decided to go to summer school."
Pinkston did play in the Adidas Super 64 in Vegas last week, and really opened some eyes. He scored 19 points (while holding Texas-bound Tristan Thompson to just 9) as his New Heights team upset a loaded Grassroots Canada team. The most interesting part? Pinkston was doing homework before, after, and in between games throughout the week.

It was originally thought that Pinkston was destined for St. John's, but Pinkston's list has grown a bit of late. There are currently eight schools still in play, with four (Tennessee, St. John's, Villanova, and Xavier) having offered scholarships, according to Rivals.

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