The Brooklyn Nets continue to add to their summer league roster by inviting Villanova F JayVaughn Pinkston. Brooklyn added Cliff Alexander (Kansas) and Ryan Boatright (UConn) on Saturday and Josh Gasser (Wisconsin) on Sunday.
What makes Pinkston special is the fact the he attended Bishop Loughlin High School which is just a 10 minute walk from Barclays Center. Pinkston grew up in the area and he wants to become the first Brooklyn native on the Nets’ roster.
Pinkston sent out this tweet which indicates he will be with the Nets this summer. However it is not confirmed that Pinkston has accepted the invite.
When talking to the camera crew after working out the with the Nets before the draft, Pinkston had this to say about having the opportunity to work out with Brooklyn.
Everybody’s just trying to work hard and trying to get an opportunity to play, especially being a Brooklyn guy, Brownsville, So its a great experience, a great opportunity. Thankful for the Nets bringing me out here.
Now looking at Pinkston as a player. The main two reasons he went undrafted is Pinkston is already 23-years-old which limits his potential upside along with the fact that he is undersized for a PF at just 6’7, 235 lbs. At Villanova Pinkston averaged 9.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 1.1 apg.
The predicament with Pinkston is that he does not have the ball skills or quickness to play at SF, but would struggle against 7-footers in the paint. If Pinkston wants a shot at the NBA then he will have to improve his jumpshot and be able to hit consistently from outside the paint.
It is also important to note that Pinkston was charged with assault at an off-campus party during his Freshman year. However since then Pinkston has done no wrong and looks like a pretty high character guy who is just grateful for his chance in the NBA.
While it is a long shot that Pinkston will make the team, prepare to see him work hard and give it his all this summer.