Puerto Rican point guard Rafael Andrés Pinzón has accomplished a lot so far in the early stages of his basketball career.
The 6-foot-5 point guard helped the Puerto Rican national team win a silver medal during the U17 Centrobasket Championship in San Juan. He finished the tournament averaging around 17 points, four rebounds and two assist per game, accoring to FIBA. He also scored 17 points against a stacked Sierra Canyon team that featured a plethora of five-star talent along with Bronny James, the son of current NBA megastar Lebron James.
Not to mention, adding early offers from Mercer, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Dayton.
Pinzón is heralded by many for his patience and feel for the game. His long arms also allow him to be a pest on defense.
He said college coaches like his, “pace, that I can score and defense.”
He comes from the same mold of his predecessor at Long Island Lutheran (NY), Andre Curbelo, and it’s no surprise that Illinois immediately got involved.
“I like their culture and how they play defense,” he said. “But, I haven’t visited them yet so I don’t know that much.”