The LSU men’s basketball team made another addition to its coaching staff Friday when Al Pinkins was announced as a new assistant coach.
Pinkins, 42, has served his past two assistant coaching stints in the Southeastern Conference at Ole Miss and Tennessee.
“We are excited about the addition of Al Pinkins to our staff,” head coach Johnny Jones said in a statement. “His familiarity with the style of play of our conference opponents, plus his knowledge and ability to recruit the caliber of players that it takes to compete at this level will allow him to be an instant asset to our program. We look forward to him getting started on the recruiting trail and being a part of our summer workouts as we begin to prepare for the upcoming season.“
Pinkins is the second hire for Jones this offseason. In April, he brought back John Treloar, an LSU assistant under former coach John Brady, after Eric Musselman left to become head coach at Nevada. Treloar, who is still working with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, is slated to join the LSU staff July 1.
A native of Camilla, Georgia, Pinkins was assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Tennessee last season. He served in the same capacity at Ole Miss from 2011-14. Prior to entering the SEC, Pinkins served eight years (2003-11) as assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State.
Pinkins played at North Carolina State, the school that beat LSU in the second round of this year’s NCAA tournament.