Scouting expert Rob Harrington has authored a comprehensive breakdown of new Tar Heel commitment…
Wing duo could mean big things for UNC
This past season North Carolina really got going when wings P.J. Hairston and Reggie Bullock heated up. Bullock has since decided to turn pro, but now the Tar Heels look like they might be gaining their next high powered wing duo with Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson. Jackson committed to the Tar Heels during March, and Pinson decided today to stay close to home and play in Chapel Hill. Both are five-star prospects, and both bring their own unique skill set to the table, and maybe most importantly even more so than Bullock and Hairston, who each are primarily long range shooters, they complement each other very well. Both Pinson and Jackson are listed as small forwards, and physically they are very similar. Both are somewhat thin, have very long arms, and are right around 6-foot-5 or 6-foot-6. However that doesn't mean their games are similar, in fact their games are very different, and that is what makes them fit so well together. In most systems there is no real difference between a shooting guard and a small forward, both play on the wing and both can be interchangeable, and North Carolina is no different. However having guys who can complement each other in terms of skill set is big, and that is exactly the case with Jackson and Pinson. Jackson brings a natural scorer to the table. He is absolutely one of the best players in the country in the mid-range where he brings an incredible floater and a very consistent 15 foot jumper off the dribble to the table. However Jackson also is also good from deep. He makes shots from distance with ease, and has a smooth and pure stroke. Jackson's game is all about scoring, and he does it nearly as well as any player in the class of 2014. Pinson on the other hand is not the shooter/scorer that Jackson is. While Pinson is a good mid-range jump shooter as well, he is much better at getting all the way to the rim, and is the far superior athlete to Jackson. In fact Pinson will do a lot of damage rebounding the ball and has a knack for hitting the offensive glass. Also defensively the two really will be able to work well together. Pinson is more than capable of guarding smaller shooting guards as well as small forwards, while Jackson, who might be better served at shooting guard on offense, is going to be best against bigger small forwards since he doesn't have elite lateral movement. While the two of them might have similar physical attributes and a high ranking, Pinson and Jackson are actually very different players and that is a good thing for the Tar Heels. Along with a very good point guard like Joel Berry, the class of 2014 is off to an excellent start for North Carolina, and this wing duo should have people in Chapel Hill very happy for several years to come.
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