April 19, 2010
VILLANOVA, Pa. - JayVaughn Pinkston, a 6-6 senior standout at Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) High School who earned a place in the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game, has signed a national letter of intent to attend Villanova, it was announced today.
"JayVaughn is an incredibly talented young man who has a unique passion for the game," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "He has been well-coached by Edwin Gonzalez and Kimani Young. He can play multiple positions and has been a leader at Bishop Loughlin for four years. We are thrilled to welcome JayVaughn and his mom, Kerry, into the Villanova Family."
Pinkston established himself as one of the nation's top seniors in 2009-10 while averaging 25 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots per game at Bishop Loughlin, the alma mater of former Wildcat star Curtis Sumpter (2002). This versatile athlete was selected to compete at the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game in March. In April, Pinkston scored 26 points and collected nine rebounds at the Capital Classic All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.
This addition brings to six the number of McDonald's All-Americans have signed at Villanova since 2006. That list includes 2010 consensus first team All-American Scottie Reynolds; Corey Stokes; Taylor King; Dominic Cheek; Maalik Wayns and Pinkston. Reynolds will graduate in May but the rest of that contingent will be on the Villanova roster in 2010-11.
Pinkston becomes the third player to ink a national letter of intent to attend Villanova in the class of 2014. James Bell, 6-5, of Montverde (Fla.) Academy and 6-9 Markus Kennedy of The Winchendon School (Mass.) signed letters last fall.