Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for the Hawgs Sports Network. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas and previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was the 2022 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Pinion to return for sophomore season
Arkansas guard Joseph Pinion celebrates Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, after hitting a three-point basket during the second half of the Razorbacks' 74-68 win over Missouri in Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas guard Joseph Pinion will return for his sophomore season with the Razorbacks.
Pinion received the most playing time (148 minutes) of the Razorbacks’ 4-star freshmen in 2022-23. He averaged 5.7 minutes in 26 games played, 2.4 points and was 13 of 34 (38.2%) from three-point range.
The guard was vital in a pair of SEC home wins over Missouri and Ole Miss in January, scoring 13 points in each game and shooting a combined 6 of 12 from three. Pinion also had 5 rebounds against the Rebels, and 10 points and 3 assists in a December win over North Carolina-Asheville.
According to CBB Analytics, Pinion shot 9 of 18 from deep in the left corner and 3 of 6 in the right corner. He was also 8 of 12 on field goal attempts in the lane.
Pinion did not play more than six minutes in Arkansas’ final 16 games.
One of three 4-star signees in the Razorbacks’ 2022 signing class, Pinion committed to Arkansas in October 2020 over offers from Kansas, Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU and other programs.
Duke, Texas A&M and Auburn also showed interest in the 6-5 guard out of high school. Pinion twice was selected to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Preps first team, and he averaged 24.3 points, 9 rebounds and 2.7 steals as a senior.
Forwards Trevon Brazile and Jalen Graham have also announced plans to return for the 2023-24 season.
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