Arkansas Razorback Basketball: Interview with 22’ commit Joseph Pinion

The Arkansas Razorbacks pick up another big basketball recruit for the class of 22’

Joseph Pinion is the 113 ranked player in the country according to Rivals.com. Pinion is ranked as the fourth best in state recruit for his class, and top 20 at his position.

The Morrilton High School Junior picked Arkansas over a few other big programs like Baylor and Kansas. The 6-foot-6 wing is determined to bring back Arkansas Basketball as he posted on his social media “Staying Home.”

What does this mean for Head Coach Eric Mussellman? That’s a great question. This is some of the best recruiting we have ever seen in the Arkansas Razorback basketball program.

Mussellman will have a lot of talent on his hands in the next few years, which can be a good problem to have.

When I asked Joseph why he picked Arkansas he said “It was an amazing fit, many players like me have went there and been successful.”

So what is a player like Joseph? He told me his best NBA comparison is Tyler Herro, who just lit the NBA on fire. Like Herro, Pinion loves the pull up jumpers and can move well off the ball.

However, Pinion still believes there is a lot he can add to his game going into his Junior year. Joseph explained to me his main focus during the off-season was improving his strength, while also working on his fundamentals.

In his sophomore year, Pinion averaged 18 points a game and eight rebounds. While his ability to score is impressive, he can also get it done on the defensive side as well. Pinion finished last year with nearly two blocks and two steals per game.

Pinion is putting Morrilton basketball on the map with his game. When I asked Joseph who inspired him the most in basketball, he told me his grandpa.

Razieback fans will love Joseph. Someone who works as hard as they do, and loves the hogs like them as well. It’s an exciting time to be a Razorback.

To catch the start of Joseph Pinions Junior year, watch him take on Maumelle Charter in Morrilton on November ninth.

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – JANUARY 22: Razorback Mascot of the Arkansas Razorbacks performs during a timeout against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bud Walton Arena on January 22, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Crimson Tide 93-91. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)