North Carolina sophomore Theo Pinson has become the star of NCAA tournament media sessions in 2016 for his ability to crash press conferences and shake things up.
Pinson previously crashed North Carolina’s press conference in Philadelphia last weekend as the team prepared to face Notre Dame in the Elite Eight, taking the stage and asking where his seat was. Since the NCAA invites the head coach and five presumed starters to the podium, Pinson, a player who comes off the bench, was not invited.
The sophomore decided to crash the North Carolina press conference again in Houston on Sunday.
Pinson walked on the stage during North Carolina’s turn at the podium and stood right beside his head coach, Roy Williams, as Williams attempted to answer a question. With Pinson player hovering right next to his right ear, Williams had a tough time concentrating on finishing his answer as Pinson walked away.
“It’s a great day to be alive,” Pinson said, waving as he walked off stage.
Pinson’s amusing antics have been fun to watch, but it’s hard to say if he’s been more entertaining than Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes battling NCAA tournament stenographers last year.