For the first time since the 2015-2016 season, the most consistent and versatile player to come through Corvallis, Oregon since the Wayne Tinkle coaching era began six years ago will not be suiting up in orange and black this upcoming college hoops season.
Instead, Tres Tinkle will look to get selected in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday, November 18 beginning at 7 PM (ET).
The 6’7”, 225-pound small forward out of Oregon State University finished his five-year college career as the Beavers all-time leading scorer (2,233 points) and averaged 17.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocked shots and 34.0 minutes in 126 games played.
Tinkle got it done on both ends of the court which make for an interesting prospect in the NBA and that’s exactly what he has been told by scouts at the next level heading into draft night.
“Talking to a lot of these teams the past couple weeks, one thing they’ve touched upon what they love is my versatility,” said Tinkle. “Being able to play in multiples, again I think I’ve shown that at OSU. My ability to score at three levels whether it’s attacking the rim, stretching the floor for three, mid range, on the block offensively, and then being a facilitator, a playmaker, using my length again and using my I.Q. to anticipate passing lanes and get steals. Rebound the ball and push in transition.
“I think nowadays more than ever is just the versatility. Guys are so good at the next level that they’re going to take away your strength. There are going to be days where your shots aren’t going in or you’re not getting shots at all, so how can you effect the game in other ways to help your team win? I think that’s what I really bring to the table and what I’ve shown at OSU.”
Despite the Beavs posting an 18-13 overall record and 7-11 in the Pac-12 conference last season, Tinkle was named an All-Pac-12 First-Team selection, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 19 First Team and to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District IX Team.
Many media outlets predict Tinkle to be a late second round selection or possibly go undrafted, but should a team look his way on draft night, Tinkle is a workhorse and the proof is in the five-year career at Oregon State.
We will soon find out.