Theo Pinson Rejects Indiana: What Now?

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Tom Crean and the Indiana coaching staff had put in a lot of work with top 20 recruit Theo Pinson over the last year. Despite being the only school to get him on campus for an official visit the in-state powerhouses were just too much for the Hoosiers to overcome.

Theo Pinson of Greensboro, North Carolina opted to stay closer to home than taking his talents to the Midwest. The very talented SF made his only official visit to Indiana this past winter, but it wasn't enough to land the potential McDonald's All-American. Pinson's list whittled down to Duke, North Carolina, Indiana, Louisville and Georgetown although the latter two weren't considered much of a contender towards the end. When it all came down to it, Pinson selected the home state Tar Heels over the Hoosiers.

Indiana is now left trying to recover and focusing more on the guys left on the list. Luckily it is early and there is plenty of time to go after other top prospects. I imagine that Trevon Bluiett becomes an even bigger priority than he was before. Bluiett is a home state kid and former teammate of Yogi Ferrell so it is only natural that he becomes the new gotta have to fill a wing position. Also appropriate would be his style for Indiana. Never have the Hoosiers been overly flashy in their play and Trevon would continue that tradition of an "old man's game" with his skills. Bluiett would be at the top of my wishlist if I were Tom Crean.

Also on the list, a prospect the Hoosiers seem to be in good standing with. Indiana is working hard on elite defensive post prospect Goodluck Okonoboh. By all accounts Okonoboh is a heavy lean to Indiana and the Hoosiers staff will probably be pushing even harder to land the post player. A former teammate and good friend of Noah Vonleh, the Hoosiers certainly appear to have the inside lane in this track meet.

Finally the Hoosiers will focus on some other elite talent that they've been pursuing for quite some time. Jaquan Lyle of Indiana is an option to try and fill that 2 guard/wing position. As is the Australian native Dante Exum and Florida fast riser Brandon Francis. It appears that Indiana will be hot on the trail of several other 6'5" ish guards/wings to try and fill out the roster for 2014. Despite not getting Pinson this early decision was still good for Indiana as they have plenty of time now to retool and get back to work of trying to land a third straight elite recruiting class.

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