UNC Men's Basketball Bio
1 Theo Pinson
Pinson Pinson 1870637


Played in 64 games with eight starts • Has 152 assists and an assist/error ratio of 2.3/1 • Scored in double figures six times with a high of 13 vs. Clemson on 12/30/15.



Third on the team in assists with 115 • Led the team with an assist every 6.5 minutes of action • Led the Tar Heels in assists nine times • First UNC non-starter with 100 assists in a season since Quentin Thomas had 113 in 2008 • Assist-error ratio of 2.3/1 (115/49) • Five or more assists seven times • More assists than turnovers in 31 games • Scored in double figures six times • Made 18 three-pointers, including nine in the first six games • Started the first six games in the backcourt and the Feb. 9 game at Boston College at small forward • Tar Heels were 6-1 in his seven starts and 6-1 when he had five or more assists.

Game Highlights

Had five points and five rebounds in national semifinal vs. Syracuse • Scored six points with four assists in the regional final vs. Notre Dame • Second on the team in assists in the ACC Tournament with 11 • Had seven assists in 14 minutes vs. Pitt in the ACC QF and three assists and five rebounds vs. Notre Dame in the semifinals • Key figure in the win at Duke as he finished with six points, five rebounds and a team-high four assists • Two field goals both came on tip-ins, the latter of which broke the only tie of the game at 49-all • Made both ends of a 1-and-1 with 26 seconds to play with UNC holding a three-point lead • Defense against Cat Barber late in the first half helped UNC take the lead it would not relinquish in the win at NC State • Sparked Carolina’s win over Clemson with a career-high 13 points and six rebounds • Played 19 minutes, a number of them at the ‘4’ in the win vs. UCLA when UNC went ‘small’ • Scored in double figures in both games in Kansas City • Matched his career high with eight assists and hit a career-best three 3FGs against Northwestern • Grabbed a career-high nine rebounds against Temple • Set career highs in points (11) and assists (8) vs. Fairfield • First career game in double figures and had an assist-error ratio of 8/0 against Fairfield.



Averaged 12.5 minutes in 24 games • Missed 14 games, including 10 consecutive at one point, due to a broken left foot • Played 14 minutes in the post-season, all in the NCAA Tournament • Was unable to play in the ACC Tournament after aggravating the injury during practice the week of the ACC Tournament • Broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot on January 21st at Wake Forest (the same bone he fractured in high school) • Missed the next 10 games before returning to action with five points in two minutes at Georgia Tech on 3/3 • Played seven minutes in the regular-season finale at home vs. Duke • At the time of his injury in January, he was fourth on the team (tops off the bench) in assists and rebounding • Scored a season-high seven points three times – against Davidson, UAB and home vs. Notre Dame • Had an assist-error ratio of 2.2 to 1 (37/17).

Game Highlights: Grabbed five rebounds against Virginia TechLed Carolina in rebounding with eight and added seven points as he led second-half rally on 1/5 against Notre Dame • All of his points and rebounds vs. the Irish came in 12 second-half minutes • Entered the half with UNC down 11 with 12:50 to play and played all but the final 19 seconds • Also was UNC’s defensive player of the game vs. Notre Dame • Three-pointer, then offensive rebound and slam dunk sparked comeback • Led UNC (outright or shared) in assists three times, including four in 14 minutes at UNCG • Matched his season high in minutes with 20 against William and Mary and had four rebounds and four assists • Had seven points and three steals vs. UAB • Scored five points and had three assists vs. East Carolina • Did not score but had four rebounds and four assists in a season-high 20 minutes against Florida • Led Carolina with seven rebounds (four offensive) and had three assists against UCLA • Capped 43-29 lead going into the half with a last-second put back dunk • Scored a season-high seven points and hit his first three-pointer at Davidson • Had five assists and no turnovers against Robert Morris • Started his first collegiate game vs. NC Central and had four points, four assists and two steals.


Played for Coach Keith Gatlin at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C. • Earned third-team USA Today All-America honors in 2014 • Played in McDonald's All-America Game, Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic • Won two consecutive 3-A NCISAA state championships • Averaged 23 points as a senior • The Charlotte Observer's Mr. Basketball for North Carolina in 2014 • Won the Elite 24 dunk contest in 2013 • Played at Oak Ridge (N.C.) Military Academy as a freshman • Teamed with Justin Jackson to earn a gold medal for Team USA at FIBA Americas U-16 championship in 2011 in Mexico • 


Born Theophilus Alphonso Pinson on Nov. 5 • Son of Theo and Barbara Pinson • Majoring in communication studies • Wears No. 1 because it was his AAU number • Worked on his shooting in the offseason • Favorite former Tar Heel is Ty Lawson • Would love to have Kobe Bryant’s complete skill set on the court.

Position: Forward/Guard
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 211
Year: Junior
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
High School: Wesleyan Christian Academy
Major: Communication Studies
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