He was only 24 years old and was just at the beginning of his professional career, but Dorian Pinson will never step foot on a basketball court again. According to Fox5Atlanta.com he drowned in Lake Lanier in Georgia on Sunday. He and three friends went boating renting a pontoon boat and then attempted to go swimming near Sunrise Cova marina. The three men underestimated the wind and were unable to get back to the boat. Two men were rescued and the third Dorian Pinson went under and didn´t resurface. Hall County Fire Services made a search, but still hadn´t recovered a body by night and the search was suspended until morning.
Pinson was born in Greenville, South Carolina and attended Southside High School. He then went on to have a very illustrious career at Lincoln Memorial University (NCAA2) from 2014-2018 where he played 103 NCAA games. He was able to improve his scoring and rebounding season average each season and as a senior averaged 15.5ppg, 9.4rpg, 4.1apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 63.0%. He helped his team win the SAC Tournament in 2016 and 2018 and reached the NCAA 2 final in 2016. In 2018 he began his professional career in Germany with the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau (Germany-ProA) averaging 12.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.5apg, Steals-1(2.5spg), FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 58.4%. He continued his solid play in his second professional season in Israel demonstrating that he could adjust without problems to another country playing with Ramat Hasharon (Israel-National League) averaging 20.2ppg, 8.4rpg, 4.4apg, Steals-4(2.6spg), FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 69.6%. He also had two stints with the Niagara River Lions (Canada-CEBL) where he averaged 13.5ppg, 7.3rpg, Assists-5(3.9apg), Steals-4(1.7spg), FGP-3(64.3%), 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 70.4%. ““I’m so very sad to hear about Dorian’s passing. He was truly a great person and teammate. He was also a fierce competitor, a winner and a very talented player. It was an honor and Joy to coach him. I will miss him”, stressed his ex coach Simon Cote who coached him his rookie season in Germany