At 6-foot-8 and 205 pounds, Broward Community College (Fla.) 2020 forward DeAndre Pinckney has the size. Averaging 20.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this season has shown he has the ability to make big plays.
Now, Pinckney is looking through his options, which include offers from Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Kansas State and Texas A&M. While he doesn’t claim any favorites, nor have any firm visits set, he does have a pair of visits he knows he’ll be taking.
In the process, Pinckney said he’s looking for where he can have the biggest impact.
“Most guys my size aren’t able to handle the ball,” he confidently said. “I can handle the ball, shoot from three, rebound, bang inside. Most bigs you see, they just rebound and post up. But I have a great stroke, I play one through five and I guard one through five. I’m just an all-around versatile player, and that’s what separates me. It doesn’t matter the system, I feel like I can play because of my style of play. I’m able to transition to different positions on the court.”
Pinckney said he’s still in the process of nailing down specific dates, but he’ll be visiting Virginia Tech and St. John’s officially in March. Those will come after each team’s season concludes.
The Hokies offered Pinckney early last month, but the connection began well before that. Pinckney said he’s liked what he’s seen with Virginia Tech.
“Their style of play, how they allow guys to play, is exactly how my coach allows me to play,” he said. “Landers Nolley, our games are similar, except I might be a little more athletic. He’s averaging 18 points and 8 rebounds, and he’s going to be in the draft this year. If he’s doing it, there’s no reason I can’t. Plus, Coach (Chester) Frazier, he was the coach at K-State last year. He recruited me to come to K-State, but he went to Virginia Tech. He’s still recruiting me to come with him. The relationship is a big thing. I like coaches who build relationships with players. We talk pretty much every day. He’s been a few times to see me. If a coach isn’t coming, you’re not a top priority. I know I’m a top priority for Virginia Tech.”
Pinckney said his relationship with Frazier is a big reason for his interest in the Hokies. When they’ve talked, it’s been Frazier showing Pinckney how he fits in with Virginia Tech’s style of play.
With St. John’s, Pinckney said he likes a few possibilities the Red Storm could offer, but he’s yet to visit in person and wants to see more for himself.
“It’s in New York and I’ve never been to New York,” Pinckney said. “The media base there, St. John’s is a great network to build off. That’s something I’d want to have for myself, to prolong my career. They play in MSG (Madison Square Garden), with the Knicks. I heard guys like (Kevin) Durant work out there. A lot of NBA exposure is there and that’s something I want to be around.”
Pinckney said he’s not sure where his recruitment will head over the next few months, but he does plan to make a decision and sign during the spring signing period in April. Pinckney said he wants to go over all of his options in the time until then.
“I want to look for a school that has my major, that will help me off the court,” he said. “God forbid if I get injuries,...
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