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Class of 2016
Keanu Pinder signs with Arizona
May 14, 2016
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Keanu signs with Arizona
Keanu signing his National Letter of Intent

Keanu Pinder, the 6’9″ athletic forward from Perth WA, signed a National Letter of Intent with Arizona this morning after visiting several top Division I schools.

“Arizona has a winning tradition and I believe playing for Coach Miller will enhance my ability to play at the next level. That’s why I feel like Arizona is the best place for me,” Pinder said.

With a history of sending players to the NBA, Arizona has many features that attracted Pinder. “Playing in the post season is a dream of mine,” confides Pinder, “I feel like Coach Miller can motivate me to be the best player I can be, to help me reach my goals, and help the team compete at the highest level. My role will be to come in and get rebounds and score where I can.”

Pinder will join Arizona after a two year stint at Hutch Junior College where he went to the National Championship, an experience he feels has given him a level of maturity and leadership that will stand him in good stead when he joins the Wildcats. “I’ve been through it before, twice. The first year we went to the post season and were knocked out early. I learned my lesson and the next year came through with a better attitude and we made it to the Championship game.”

Pinder’s mother, Tracey Smith, said “I’m very proud of Keanu and everything he’s achieved. His love of the game and commitment to always improving has really impressed me. He has grown into a responsible young man, making his own decisions, and I am looking forward to seeing him get on with the job and do what he has set his mind to.” Tracey, who has supported Pinder’s basketball career from an early age added “I would definitely love to visit Arizona and see him play.”

Keanu with his mother, Tracey Smith
Keanu with his mother, Tracey Smith

Tracey will be getting that opportunity sooner than later with Pinder planning to return to the USA in the U.S. summer to start working out with his new teammates. “I’ll be heading over early June to work on my game and get stronger. My aim is to reach 235lbs so I can be in the best shape of my life and really compete for minutes at the power forward position,” Pinder said.

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  1. Excellent choice, what an opportunity! Great academics, master coach-Coach Miller is a great person and has coached USA teams, AZ long tradition of competing and winning at the highest level, family atmosphere that support each other. Look at GS- Kerr, Walton, Igoudala and the Director of Operations, all Cats all wearing a ring because they we’re taught that teamwork, working hard, being patient and being team players equals winning. Bear Down Keanu! Best of luck to the young man!

  2. […] “Arizona has a winning tradition and I believe playing for Coach (Sean) Miller will enhance my ability to play at the next level. That’s why I feel like Arizona is the best place for me.” — Keanu Pinder as told to LivOnBasketball.com. […]

  3. […] not announced the addition of Ferguson, Denny, Dylan Smith and Pinder, though it certainly looks here  like Pinder has signed. If Ferguson is going to sign a letter-of-intent (he doesn’t have […]

  4. […] “Arizona has a winning tradition and I believe playing for Coach Miller will enhance my ability to play at the next level. That’s why I feel like Arizona is the best place for me,” Keanu said. […]

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