Updated on 6/27/22. Written by Alan Lu.
Classification: Fifth-Year Senior
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
Decent scorer off the dribble
Good free throw shooter
Adequate rebounder for his size
Needs to improve his shooting
Prone to hoisting up questionable shots
Can play too wildly on offense
Needs to improve his decision-making skills
Can be undisciplined defensively
Not a true point guard, but is undersized to play the two
Xavier Pinson is a speedy, fleet-footed guard that can put up points in a hurry. He is Missouri’s most athletic player on the team, and he can generate plenty of offense when he gets into a rhythm. On the other hand, he can be too inconsistent with his jump shot, and he can tend to be too turnover-prone in games. Recently, he transferred to LSU to play for them next season. He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well this year, and he will need to show teams that he can reliably run the point. Currently, he projects to be a borderline second round candidate for the 2023 draft.
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