Kruize Pinkins Signs First Professional Contract in Germany
TORONTO, July 28, 2015 – Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Kruize Pinkins has signed a one-year contract with Hebeisen White Wings Hanau in the German Pro A League.
Pinkins, a 6’7” power forward, is coming off of his senior season at the University of San Francisco (USF). Last fall, he was named to the All-West Coast Conference (WCC) Preseason Team before going on to average 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds throughout the 2014-2015 season. He finished the year as the conference’s 11th leading scorer and 13th leading rebounder. He also shot with efficiency, converting 51.6% from two-point range and 39.0% from beyond the three-point line. On a per-40-minutes basis, Pinkins averaged 20.7 points, and 8.0 rebounds, while knocking down 1.5 threes.
Originally from Marianna, Florida, Pinkins graduated from Marianna High School before playing two seasons at Chipola College. In his sophomore season at Chipola, he earned First Team All-Panhandle League honors after averaging 11.4 points and 6.9 rebounds, while shooting 57.8 percent overall from the field. Pinkins helped the Indians to a 26-5 overall record and a ranking of 13th in the final National Junior College Athletic Association Top-25 Poll.
In his first season at USF, Pinkins earned himself an All-WCC Honorable Mention after averaging 12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds as a junior. He also averaged a conference best 3.2 offensive rebounds per game that season. Over his two-year collegiate career at the University of San Francisco, Pinkins averaged 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 65 games.
“I am very blessed that I am able to continue playing the game that I love on a professional level,” said Pinkins. “I just want to thank my family, and also my teammates and coaches, for helping me achieve this opportunity. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them pushing me each and every day. I am very excited to get to Hanau and get started. Go White Wings!”
Pinkins joins a Hebeisen White Wings Hanau team that has recently been promoted to the Pro A League after spending the last four seasons in Pro B.
“We are very happy to have Kruize Pinkins join our team and family in Hanau,” said Simon Cote, Hanau Head Coach. “Kruize is a very talented player and, just as important, he is a high character person. We look for players who are highly competitive, have a hunger to improve, and are great teammates. We believe Kruize has these qualities and that Hanau will be a great place to start his European career.”
For more information and individual box scores for Kruize throughout the season, visit: http://slansportsmanagement.com/kruize-pinkins.