Tres Tinkle

Oregon State's Tres Tinkle will return for his senior season


Oregon State's Tres Tinkle will return for his senior season

On April 7th, Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle threw his name into the mix for the 2019 NBA Draft. 

Following a handful of workouts and a pro day, Tinkle announced on social media that he will return for his senior season at Oregon State. 

The NBA allows players to feel out the process as early entrants and then withdrawal their name as long as they don't hire an agent and withdraw before the June 10th deadline. 

Tinkle, the coach's son, averaged 20.8 points per game during his junior year while adding in 8.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists. 

OSU was 18-13 last season and will look to ride Tinkle's well rounded game to an improved record in 2019. 

BREAKING: Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle to test NBA Draft waters

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BREAKING: Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle to test NBA Draft waters

Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle is declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft, but he’s not on his way out of Corvallis just yet.

Tinkle will place his name in the draft to collect feedback regarding interest, but has not hired an agent at this time, according to Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle. The Oregon State junior is not currently listed in any NBA mock drafts, but could participate in the NBA Draft Combine May 14-19 if he receives an invitation.

The move to the NBA, however, isn’t certain, as Tinkle has until May 29 to withdraw his name and return to Oregon State.

Tinkle could become Oregon State’s all-time leading scorer if he chooses to stay in Corvallis. He trails Gary Payton’s record of 2,172 points and is seventh in career scoring with 1,661 points and ninth in rebounds at OSU with 660 rebounds.

The 6-foot-8 forward was also named to the All-Pac-12 First-Team for the second-straight year after averaging 20.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals during his redshirt junior season.

Tinkle, who was selected to the Pac-12 all-academic second team in 2017 and 2018 with a 3.25 GPA, officially completed his degree in speech communication last winter, but remains enrolled in classes this spring to remain eligible.

Losing Tinkle would be a huge blow to Oregon State’s basketball program, as Stephen Thompson Jr. played his last game in a Beaver uniform during Oregon State’s loss to Colorado in the Pac-12 Tournament.

The Oregon State Cinderella story vanished just as quickly as it arrived

The Oregon State Cinderella story vanished just as quickly as it arrived

LAS VEGAS - With the Pac-12 Tournament wide open, it appeared this season could be Oregon State’s chance to take the crown. The Beavers (18-13, 10-8 Pac-12) earned a coveted first round bye, finished with their best conference record since the 1989-90 season and had a veteran team full of playmakers. Alas, the Oregon State Cinderella story vanished just as quickly as it arrived, losing to Colorado, 73-58, in the quarterfinals.

Also maybe gone? Oregon State’s chances of making the NIT tournament. The Beavers were a bubble team and a win over fifth-seeded Colorado (21-11, 10-8)  would have been a good and needed resume boost. Instead, the Beavers depart Las Vegas with Selection Sunday outcome looking gloom and out of their hands. If the CBI Tournament calls, OSU could accept an invitation to the smaller postseason tournament. 

Following the loss, OSU coach Wayne Tinkle held out hope for the NIT, “We’ll see,” Tinkle said. “My take is; if it’s the right situation, these guys have had a remarkable year and have earned an opportunity… But we’ll take that as it comes down the road.” 

Seems a shame that a season full of highs should end abruptly in Las Vegas during OSU’s first game that showcased many lows. Oregon State’s 18 first half points were the lowest of the season and its five total assists were also a low. The Beavers did not make a three pointer in the first half, despite the nine attempts from beyond the arc.

Another low; Fourth-seeded OSU was the first higher seeded team to be “upset” in the conference tournament.

OSU trailed by as many as 21 points in the first half but roared out of the locker room after halftime, coming to life for a second half comeback that would eventually fall short. The Beavers cut the deficit to six points with two 10-0 runs and exciting play from Tres Tinkle, Ethan Thompson and Stephan Thompson Jr., all which reached double-digit scoring marks.

Tinkle led the Beavers with 23 points, his fifth-consecutive game scoring 20-plus.

Colorado took back the momentum, extended its winning streak to five games, and eliminated the Beavers.

"They came out and made shots, got confident and we just didn't really do much to try to stop it," Tinkle said. 

The Cinderella story quickly turned scary; The Beavers' flat start doomed them from the start and sent them packing back to Corvallis.

Will Oregon State's record season lead to the Pac-12 Tournament crown?

Will Oregon State's record season lead to the Pac-12 Tournament crown?

Records: Oregon State (18-12, 10-6 Pac-12), Colorado (10-8, 20-11 Pac-12)

The fourth-seeded Beavers earned a coveted first-round bye in the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament. Oregon State will face No. 5 seed Colorado, who beat No. 12 seed California 56-54 in the first round on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals.

Why watch?  The winner of the Pac-12 Tournament gets the conference’s automatic bid to the to NCAA Tournament. Since any team can get hot in the tournament… Will it be OSU who takes the crown and heads to the big dance?

The Beavers are having a record season and have some of the Pac-12's veteran playmakers, including redshirt junior Tres Tinkle, who was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team earlier this week. Oregon State finished with its best conference record since the 1989-90 season, earning the highest seed in the tournament since that season.

On the line: Most projections have OSU on the outside of the NIT Tournament. A win over Colorado would boost Oregon State’s resume and likely send them back into the NIT field, so the season doesn’t end in Las Vegas.

In regular season: Oregon State played Colorado one time this season and won 76-74 on Jan. 31 on the road in Boulder, CO.

Fun Fact: Colorado coach Tad Boyle is the only Pac-12 coach to win four straight tournament games and claim a tournament title, accomplishing the feat in 2012.

Top Beavers:

Tres Tinkle is on fire, scoring 20-plus points in four consecutive games and posting four double-doubles in the last six games. He’s been particularily dangerous from beyond the arc in the last four games, shooting 50.0 percent (12-for-24) from three-point range. The redshirt junior finished second in the Pac-12 in scoring (21.4) in conference games.

Colorado will have its hands full with junior forward Kylor Kelley, who leads the Pac-12 and is second in the nation in blocked shots per game (3.4).

When senior Stephen Thompson Jr. goes, the Beavers go. OSU is 17-7 when he scores in double figures and 1-5 when he scores less than 10 points.

Buffs to keep an eye on

The win over Cal extends Colorado's winning streak to four games, which much thanks to sophomores Tyler Bey and McKinley Wright IV, both of whom earned first-team all-conference honors earlier this week.

Bey was also named the conference's Most Improved Player. He leads Colorado at 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field. He is the co-leader in the Pac-12 in double-doubles with 14.

Wright is averaging 13.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while leading the Buffaloes in assists (142) and steals (33). 

How and where to watch

Time: Thursday, March 14, 2:30 p.m

Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

TV: Pac-12 Networks


Crucial Civil War: What you need to know about Oregon at Oregon State

Crucial Civil War: What you need to know about Oregon at Oregon State

The 352nd edition of the Civil War is a battle for Pac-12 conference standings. Oregon is only one game out of second place and must beat Oregon State, another team fighting for a top four seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, to keep NCAA Tournament hopes alive.  The importance of a first round Pac-12 Tournament bye cannot be overstated. And with nine teams in the conference all within two games of one another, it is crunch time for both the Ducks and Beavers.

Number to know: If Oregon State defeats Oregon it will be the first time the Beavers sweep the Civil War since 2009-2010.

Records: Oregon (15-9, 6-5 Pac-12), Oregon State (15-8, 7-4)

Last time: The Beavers won the Pac-12 opener for both teams this season, 77-72, on Jan. 5 at Matthew Knight Arena, their first win in Eugene since 2012. Tres Tinkle led OSU with a solid all-around game with 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists. The wounded Ducks were down to eight scholarship players with the loss of Bol Bol (season ending injury), Abu Kigab (transfer) and Kenny Wooten (broken jaw).

High Flying Ducks

Once riddled with injuries, the Ducks fly into Corvallis as healthy as they’ve been. UO is coming off a sweep of the Bay Area schools with much thanks to its defense, which held Stanford to 27.3 percent from the field. In conference play, the Ducks are second in the Pac-12 in scoring defense, a trend that must continue for Oregon to be victorious in its final seven regular season games, five of which are on the road.

Junior guard Payton Pritchard is heating up at the right time. After shooting 31.8 percent from the field in the first half of conference play, Pritchard came through for Oregon last week, improving to 15-for-29 and 7-of-13 from beyond the arc. He scored 20 points in each of those games.

Kenny Wooten (broken jaw) appears to be more comfortable wearing his face mask and continues to be the Ducks’ best rim protector. Against Stanford, he matched his career-high seven blocks to tie the fifth-best mark in UO single-game history.

Beavers to keep an eye on

In conference games, Tres Tinkle leads the Pac-12 in scoring (21.2) and is second in steals (2.1). The redshirt junior forward is only 13 points shy of 1,500 career points and has scored in double figures in 57 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in Oregon State history.

At home, Stephen Thompson Jr. is a huge threat. Thompson Jr. leads OSU with an average of 23.2 points per game in the six conference home games. Keep in mind, the senior guard holds the Oregon State record with 212 career 3-pointers.

Oregon will have its hands full with junior forward Kylor Kelley, who leads the Pac-12 and is second in the nation in blocked shots per game (3.48).

When it comes to free throws, Oregon State excels. The Beavers are shooting 74 percent from the free throw line, the best percentage in program history since 1976. 6'11" senior center Gligorije Rakocevic is shooting 83.3 percent from the free throw line in Pac-12 play. Also clutch, sophomore guard Zach Reichle is 12-for-12 from the free throw line in the final five minutes of games.

How and where to watch

Time: Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m

Where: Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon

TV: Pac-12 Network

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N’diaye, Tinkle granted medical hardships

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N’diaye, Tinkle granted medical hardships

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State men's basketball players Cheikh N'diaye and Tres Tinkle were officially granted medical hardships by the Pac-12 Faculty Athletics Representative Committee.
"I'm happy that Cheikh and Tres got their years back," Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle said. "It's why the rule exists and we're sure that both student-athletes will take advantage of it from an academic standpoint as well as athletically."
Both were eligible for a medical hardship because they played in nine games or less during the first half of the season and suffered season-ending injuries.
N'diaye played the first nine games of the season, with eight starts, before missing the final 23 contests with an injured left shoulder. He was averaging 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds before the injury, while shooting 52.2 percent from the field.
The Dakar, Senegal native is eligible to be a redshirt senior next season. He has played 80 games in his four-year career and has a career shooting percentage of 64.9 percent (48-for-74) from the field.
Tres Tinkle was injured in the sixth game of the season when he suffered a broken right wrist in the final minutes against Fresno State. He was averaging 20.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists before missing the final 26 games with the injury.
The Missoula, Mont., native was named the first Pac-12 Player of the Week this past season after averaging 23.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in wins over Prairie View A&M and UTSA. He will be a redshirt sophomore next season.
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