J.R. Pinnock, one of the top pure athletes in the Class of 2003, has signed a national letter of intent to attend George Washington University in the fall.
The Georgia native took an official visit to George Washington from March 28-30, and committed to the A-10 school shortly thereafter. Pinnock is RivalsHoops.com's number 67 player in the Class of 2003.
"I love the coaching staff and I fit in with the team real well," Pinnock told Rivalshoops.com in a recent interview. "I'm athletic and I can get up and down the floor."
The Colonials went after Pinnock despite having a fall commitment from smooth Virginia shooter Ricky Lucas. The two could complement each other well in GW's backcourt of the future.
"With me getting to the hole and him being a shooter, I think we could be a real nice combination," Pinnock said.
He averaged 22.0 points and 10.0 rebounds as a senior at Coastal Christian Academy which finished the year with a 33-9 record.
Pinnock heard from programs such as Georgia Southern, Hartford and Oklahoma this winter before casting his lot with George Washington. He had initially committed to Wichita State in the fall, but changed his mind and never signed with the Shockers last November.
Also scheduled to join Pinnock and Lucas next season on Karl Hobbs' bench will be Brooklyn point guard Carl Elliott, who re-signed with the Colonials after using the past year to get his academics in order at Worcester Academy, and Jaaron Greene, a 6-10 center from Bristol, VA and Mt. Zion Christian Academy in North Carolina.
The one thing Pinnock needs to do before enrolling at GW is qualify academically. He is trying to raise his test score in order to do that.
A terrific run/jump athlete, Pinnock could be an impact player down the road in the Atlantic 10. We'll let you know if he makes any headway on his test score this spring.
-- Denny Conroy contributed to this story.