Much of America’s attention is currently captured by the NCAA Tournament, where some of the best men and women’s basketball is being played for the next few weeks.

One keen viewer in particular is Cambridge, Md., native Erin D. Pinkett, who will soon reach her dream of joining the NCAA herself. As one of the most prolific basketball players to attend Westtown School in Westchester, Pa., Pinkett—nicknamed “Peaches” by her family—has attracted interest from several NCAA Division I and II schools, including Florida A&M University, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Clark Atlanta University and North Carolina A&T.

Pinkett even made a trip to local school Morgan State University, where she played pick-up with Lady Bears all-time women’s leading scorer Corin “Tiny” Adams.

“Her mother and I both attended Morgan State, and she likes it there, so naturally it’s at the top of her list,” said Dr. Charles Pinkett, Erin’s father. “But she also has dreams of attending an HBCU down South, so she’s leaning more towards that now.”

After a recent trip to the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., Pinkett now believes she may have found her new home for the next four years.

“I really like the family environment there, and I feel like its a place where I can grow physically, mentally and spiritually,” Pinkett said of JCSU, located in the heart of Charlotte. “I’ll be around people that come from similar cultures to what I’ve come from and I know they’ll welcome me in like family.”

Certainly, the JCSU Lady Golden Bulls would welcome Peaches into their family without much hesitation. Playing basketball since she was 3, the 5-foot-4-inch Pinkett is as effective as a guard gets. She averaged 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds per game as a senior, displaying her skills as both a scorer and distributer. She also has the smarts to match her athletic ability, scoring a 1370 on the SATs.

Joining the Lady Golden Bulls–who had a successful 18-10 record last season–will allow Pinkett to reach her goal of playing college basketball, but that’s just a start. She also plans to study communications for a career in radio broadcasting.

Look out, Marylanders. We may have another rising star on our hands.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor