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After a whirlwind recruitment featuring many twists and turns, the top player in New York City has finally made a decision.
Jayvaughn Pinkston is headed to Villanova.
“I’m very excited to be committing to Villanova,” Pinkston said though his mentor, Kimani Young. “It’s one of the top programs in the country, I want to play with and against the best players in the country and playing for Villanova will afford me that opportunity. I’m excited and thankful.”
Pinkston is a powerful 6-6 forward who has steadily risen up the class of 2010 rankings over the past couple of years. He is capable of dominating around the basket and has also improved his perimeter game.
He chose Villanova over St. John’s, Marquette, Tennessee and Seton Hall.
Two weeks ago, Pinkston was expected to make his announcement, and all signs pointed to Tennessee. However, five-star forward Tobias Harris signed with the Volunteers, and Pinkston decided to postpone his decision.
At the time, Young said that Pinkston would wait until the spring to make his decision, but he has decided to end his recruitment now.
“I think his versatility coupled with his toughness and competitive nature will mesh well with the crop of young players they have now,” said Young, the director of Pinkston’s New Heights AAU team.
When asked if he thought Pinkston could make an impact in the Big East, Young replied emphatically: “Absolutely.”
Pinkston will sign with the Wildcats in the spring.