Theo Pinson has officially withdrawn his name from the 2017 NBA draft and will return to North Carolina for his senior season.
The 6’6 forward appeared in 21 games for the Tar Heels last season after recovering from a foot injury that caused him to miss the entire non-conference schedule.
Pinson is the second starter returning to school as he joins fellow senior Joel Berry II.
Here is Pinson’s official statement provided from a press release from the university:
“I’m glad I took the time to explore the NBA draft process but I am going to play my senior year as a Tar Heel. It was a dream of mine to play college basketball at the best school and in the best league in the country, and it is a dream of mine to play in the NBA as well. The best path for me to reach the league and have a long career there is to have a great senior season and I am so excited to have that opportunity to play another year for Coach [Roy] Williams and finish my degree as well.”
Pinson averaged 23.8 minutes per game his junior season and was the teams best perimeter defender.
A swiss army knife type player, Pinson scored 6.1 points per game, pulled in 4.6 rebounds and distributed 3.7 assists.
Pinson is a vital piece to the Tar Heels as they begin their quest of a second consecutive National Title and third straight Title Game appearance.
Pinson joins Joel Berry II, Luke Maye and reserved guard Seventh Woods as the only members of last years team who appeared in the National Championship game to return for this upcoming season.
North Carolina is still awaiting the news on freshman center Tony Bradley as he still has until May 24th to inform the school and the NBA of his decision to remain in the draft or return to school.