Senior earns Villanova Basketball Award for second consecutive year
Villanova has won seven of its last 11 games
Villanova is No. 9 seed in South Region and makes eighth NCAA appearance in last nine years
Pinkston's 21 points paced Villanova
Senior connected on nine of 10 from the field
Villanova lost to Louisville 74-55
Villanova vs. St. John's - AP Photos
Villanova vs. Cincinnat - AP Photos
Villanova vs. DePaul
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An explosive leaper who thrives in transition ... Offers size and a quality shooting touch from the wing spot ... Has range beyond the 3-point arc.
2012-13 Overview: Served as a team captain and started all 34 games ... Averaged 8.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game ... Wildcats were 11-2 when he scored 10 or more points in a contest.
2013 NCAA Tournament: Contributed four points and five rebounds in his second career NCAA Tournament appearance against North Carolina.
2013 BIG EAST Championship: Added seven points, two assists and two steals in a second round win over St. John's on March 13 ... Contributed seven points and three rebounds against Louisville on March 14.
2012-13 BIG EAST Regular Season Highlights: Averaged 28.3 mpg while starting all 31 regular season games ... Contibuted 8.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest ... Drained .381 of his 3-point attempts ... His 10 points and strong defense against Otto Porter Jr., helped VU upend No. 5 Georgetown 67-57 on March 6 ... Delivered more second half theatrics on Feb. 18, sinking clutch threes after intermission to help VU down Rutgers 71-63 ... Finished up with 11 points, all recorded after halftime ... After spending most of the first half on the bench with two fouls, came through with 11 second half points to help VU down Connecticut 70-61 on Feb. 16 in Hartford ... His two early 3-point goals helped VU get off to a good start in what became a 94-71 win at DePaul on Feb. 5 ... Finished with 16 points and six rebounds ... Tallied eight of his 13 points in overtime to help Villanova down No. 3 Syracuse on Jan. 26 ... Finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, one blocked shot and a steal ... Drained a huge 3-pointer from the top of the key to help secure a 73-64 win over No. 5 Louisville on Jan. 22 ... Finished with 10 points, three assists and two rebounds in that contest... Posted a new career-high with four steals against Pittsburgh on Jan. 16 ... His 11 rebounds against St. John's on Jan. 2 were a season high.
Non-Conference Highlights: Set a new career high with three blocked shots in a 70-60 win over NJIT on Dec. 28 at the Pavilion ... Contributed 15 points and five rebounds to an 83-56 win at Monmouth on Dec. 22 ... Sank a season high four 3-point goals en route to 14 points in a 75-65 win over Delaware on Dec. 16 ... His 3-pointer from the left wing gave Villanova the lead with 28 seconds left in a 65-61 win over Saint Joseph's on Dec. 11 ... Paced the Wildcats with 15 points to go with three assists, three rebounds and two steals against Temple on Dec. 5 ... Sank a couple of big 3-pointers in the second half to help VU down Vanderbilt 62-52 in Nashville on Dec. 1 ... Finished with eight points ... Led the Wildcats with 13 points and added six rebounds in a 75-57 loss to Columbia on Nov. 20 ... Dropped in two huge 3-pointers in overtime to help lift VU past Purdue 89-81 in overtime on Nov. 15 ... Finished with 15 points and eight rebounds ... Sank 7-of-12 field goal attempts for 19 points in an 80-68 win over Mashall on Nov. 11 ... His 3-point goal with just over three minutes left began a 10-0 VU run to close out the game ... Contributed nine points and four rebounds in a 78-58 win over UDC on Nov. 9 at the Pavilion.
2011-12 Overview: Started 18 of the 29 games he appeared in for the Wildcats ... Averaged 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game and was 39-of-108 (.361) from outside the 3-point arc ... A sprained left ankle suffered on Feb. 15 slowed him over the season's final weeks and caused him to miss three games.
2011-12 BIG EAST Regular Season Highlights: Averaged 5.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 15 contests ... Drew eight starting assignments in league action ... Returned to lineup after a three game absence to play 16 minutes at Rutgers, sinking an important 3-point field goal in the second half in the win ... Suffered a sprained left ankle in the second half of a Feb. 15 game at USF and was sidelined for games against Notre Dame, Connecticut and Georgetown ... Notched a career high eight assists in a 74-72 win over Providence on Feb. 7 ... Added 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists against Marquette on Jan. 28 ... Posted his first career double-double at Louisville on Jan. 25, collecting 13 rebounds to go with 14 points ... Sank a huge triple in overtime against St. John's that helped VU down the Red Storm 79-76 on Jan. 21 ... Finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four steals ... Delivered a season-high 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting along with six rebounds to help VU down Seton Hall 84-76 at the Pavilion on Jan. 18 ... Contributed nine points in 13 minutes versus Syracuse on Jan. 11 at the Wells Fargo Center ... Added five points in 14 minutes of an 87-71 win over DePaul on Jan. 8.
2011-12 Non-Conference Highlights: Came off the bench to supply nine points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 68-43 win over Boston University on Dec. 13 ... Delivered a new career best in rebounds with seven in an 81-71 loss to Missouri on Dec. 6 ... Posted a non-conference season high 16 points in an 80-68 loss to Saint Louis on Nov. 25 ... Notched a non-league high seven assists in a 79-69 win over Delaware on Nov. 18 ... Contributed 15 points and five rebounds in a 76-69 win over La Salle on Nov. 15 ... Dropped in eight points and three rebounds in his first college start, a 106-70 victory over Monmouth on Nov. 11.
2010-11 Overview: Missed most of the fall workouts due to surgery on the tibia of both legs, performed Sept. 8 by Villanova Team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rob Good ... Was sidelined for the first five games of the regular season as he completed his recovery from the surgeries before debuting in the final minute of a 78-68 defeat to Tennessee on Nov. 26 in the final of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
2010-11 Big East Regular Season: Averaged 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per outing in 15 appearances ... Contributed six points in 18 minutes on Feb. 28 at Notre Dame ... Enjoyed his best game of the campaign in a 60-57 win at Seton Hall on Feb. 15 ... The former resident of nearby Plainfield, N.J., scored a career high 21-points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor ... He also added three rebounds and two steals in a season-high 29 minutes ... Scored two points and added three rebounds in 18 minutes against Pitt on Feb. 12 ... Came off the bench in the second half to supply seven points in seven minutes of activity in a 77-76 loss on Feb. 9 at Rutgers... Grabbed four rebounds in nine minutes of action in a win over Cincinnati on Jan. 9.
2010-11 Post-season: Did not score any points in brief appearances in the Big East Tournament against USF and the NCAA Tournament against George Mason.
2010-11 Non-Conference Highlights: Saw a season-high 21 minutes worth of action in a 76-36 win at Monmouth on Dec. 22 ... Gave the Wildcats a major lift in the first half agaisnt Delaware, scoring eight points en route to his fist career double figure scoring effort (10 points) in the 78-59 win over the Blue Hens ... His first career free throws with 1:14 left helped VU hold off Penn 65-53 on Dec. 8 ... Logged 11 minutes, scoring two points and adding a rebound in his first extended college action in a 71-60 win over Saint Joseph's at the Pavilion on Dec. 3.
Named a third team prep All-American by USA Today and a fourth team All-American by Parade Magazine ... Averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 steals for a nationally ranked squad that posted a 23-5 record ... Selected first team all-area by the Orlando Sentinel ... Invited to try out for USA Basketball's U18 national team in June 2010 ... Ranked No. 42 on the list of the nation's top 100 seniors by rivals.com ... Chosen as most valuable player of the Florida vs. US Senior Showcase in April 2010 ... Named Lake County Player of the Year as both a junior and senior.
Announced his intention to attend Villanova in the summer of 2008, between his sophomore and junior seasons at Montverde ... Born Jan. 7, 1992 in Plainfield, N.J. ... Parents are James Mainor and Erika Bell ... Younger siblings are Jayden (10) and Justin (6) ... Often called "Tahj" by family and friends - it is a middle name ... Enjoys video games and shopping.