The class of 2018 continues to quietly see talented prospects emerge from the shadows as coaches lift up various rocks to find sleepers they may have missed this past spring and summer for whatever the reasons.  One such talent who has never been a sleeper to those in the know but at the same time was heavily slept on by mid and high major schools is PG Xavier Pinson of Simeon High School in Illinois.

The 6-3 175 plus pound wiry lead guard had a breakout type performance in the fall of 2016 as he shined at the annual NY2LA Sports Futures Camp.  The talented guard then proceeded to deliver a solid high school campaign before showing once again that he was legitimate with some high caliber performances during the spring and summer.  That play saw him grab offers from Drake, Kent State, Hofstra, George Mason, Indiana State, Cleveland State, SIU-Edwardsville, Buffalo, Western Illinois, Evansville, UW-Milwaukee, Illinois-Chicago, IPFW, Winthrop, Toledo, and Chicago State.  While Pinson boasted a large number of offers, given his play and potential big picture wise there was always a feeling that he had the potential to play at even high levels.

Equipped with athleticism, handles, instincts, feel, bounce, a mid-range game, and the ability rip the nets from long range, the overall impact Pinson had on the court was never in doubt and his best basketball always was in front of him.  This fall he transferred to perennial power Simeon Career Academy and the talented lead guard is now the catalyst for one of the most potent attacks in the Midwest once again.  His stellar play has secured him recent offers from Georgetown, Memphis, and Dayton with a buzz that Missouri could potentially be joining that mix this week.  (Editor's Note - Pinson added offers from Saint Louis and Missouri on January 18, 2018).

In a perfect example of this entire process being a marathon not a sprint, Pinson serves notice that it’s never where you start but where you finish.  He has worked hard, developed, and continued to pay the price while believing in himself.  Equipped with a bit of a chip on his shoulder the talented guard is now one of the biggest emerging stories of the current high school season in the Midwest and don’t be surprised to see more schools jumping on his recruiting trail in the coming weeks and deservingly so because the young man has game and he’s only getting better.

Pinson played with the Mac Irvin Elite in the NY2LA Basketball Association during the grassroots travel season.