During the 2021 March Madness tournament, the Oregon State Beavers made a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight and came minutes shy of being the lowest-seeded team to play in the Final Four, falling to Houston 67-61.
Now months later, Beavers head coach Wayne Tinkle joined Talkin' Beavers and told NBC Sports Northwest he hopes the run opens "a few more doors" in the recruiting landscape.
However, he cautions his program away from straying too far from how the Beavs got here. Tinkle still wants the right player in his program, not just the highest-rated.
"We now cannot start recruiting players we don't think are great fits just because of the run," he said. "We still need to identify those types of student athletes but I think it will open a few more doors to a level of player maybe we didn't have a chance to in the past."
In the wake of the Elite Eight run, the Beaver signed a pair of three-star players for the 2021 recruting class: small forward Glenn Taylor Jr. who was a top-200 player nationally and shooting guard DaShawn Davis, the nation's No. 1 JUCO SG.
Originally a Seton Hall commitment out of high school, the Bronx, NY native Davis decided to instead play in community college where he averaged 21.3 points, 6.1 assists, and 4.1 rebounds last season, receiving offers from Oregon State, DePaul, Seton Hall, St. Johns and more. The Beavers were his lone Power-5 offer.
Meanwhile, Taylor Jr. is the highest-rated high school prospect (No. 189) to sign with Oregon State since Ethan Thompson committed in 2017 as the nation's No. 37 player and top commit in program history.
The future is bright in Corvallis with Wayne Tinkle doing things the right way.