Tres Tinkle

Tres Tinkle named First-team All-Pac-12, Kylor Kelley named to Pac-12 All-Defensive team

Tres Tinkle named First-team All-Pac-12, Kylor Kelley named to Pac-12 All-Defensive team

Two days removed from Senior Day, Oregon State men's basketball players Tres Tinkle and Kylor Kelley have been recognized again. 

This time, by opposing Pac-12 coaches, as the end-of-season awards were announced ahead of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Tres Tinkle was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team for the third time in his career.

The all-time leading scorer in Oregon State history is the first Beavers player to be a three-time All-Pac-12 First Team selection since Gary Payton (1988, 1989, 1990). A.C. Green, Charlie Sitton, and Steve Johnson are the other Beavers to earn All-Pac-12 First Team honors three times.

He averaged 18.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the Beavers in his senior season. 

Fellow senior, Kylor Kelley got named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team for the second time. He joins Gary Payton II, Eric Moreland, and Jared Cunningham as Oregon State players to be a two-time selection.

The Oregon native averaged 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. 

Oregon State triumphant on Tres Tinkle's Senior Day

Oregon State triumphant on Tres Tinkle's Senior Day

The all-time leading scorer in Oregon State history went out on a high note Saturday afternoon on his senior day.

The all-time leading scorer in Beavers history, Tres Tinkle, led the Beavers with 22 points in his final game at Gill Coliseum to help Oregon State (17-13, 7-11 Pac-12) close out regular-season conference play with a victory, by defeating the California Golden Bears (13-18, 7-11) 74-56.

He didn't do it alone, however, as fellow senior Kyler Kelly had what his coach described as his best game in a beaver uniform with 19 points 8 rebounds and a blocked shot.

He really bought in and locked in and had his best performance as a Beaver. - Wayne Tinkle

In the final minute up nearly 20 points head coach Wayne tinkle elected to give his son Tres and fellow senior Kyler Kelly a standing ovation from the crowd and each player had an emotional embrace with their head coach. After the game, Wayne Tinkle described how emotional that moment was to share with his son, in addition to the last five years in Corvallis.

It was pretty special and you can't ever prepare yourself. I tried to tell myself going into the pregame stuff to enjoy it and not be afraid to share emotion. But also to send the message that this may be potentially our last game in Gill with these guys but it's not our last game with them. - Wayne Tinkle

It was a pregame text that got the waterworks going, though.

The most emotional I got was my ride home from shootaround when my wife had sent me a text... just saying how proud she was of all that we've been through to where we've gotten but she said 'Don't feel sad because the days are coming to an end, be happy for the experience that you've been able to enjoy,'...I think that helped me focus. - Wayne Tinkle

Their head coach wasn't the only one being emotional today as both seniors felt the tears coming, as well. 

Coach said there was going to be some emotions and there for sure were. - Kylor Kelley

Now the team will look to make some noise in the Pac-12 tournament, but good news is that OSU is playing their best basketball now.

We're playing our best basketball this time of year which is what you want. - Wayne Tinkle

Tinkle's son echoed that sentiment.

“We’re just really, you know, believing. And now is a great time to play your best basketball.” - Tres Tinkle

Up next: The Beavers will open the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 11th. 

Tres Tinkle passes Gary Payton as the Oregon State's all-time leading scorer

Tres Tinkle passes Gary Payton as the Oregon State's all-time leading scorer

Records are set to be broken.

Thursday evening against the Stanford Cardinal, Tres Tinkle broke the big one in an Oregon State Beavers uniform.

With his seventh point of the contest, Tinkle surpassed Beavers legend and NBA Hall-of-Famer Gary Payton's total of 2,172 points.

The three-pointer with 2:53 to play in the first half gave the senior the record. He finished the first half with 12 points after starting 0-4. 

Tinkle entered the evening just six points shy.

Tinkle has been averaging 18.1 points on 44.1% shooting and 7.1 rebounds per game in his senior season as a Beaver. Earlier this year, Tinkle became Oregon State’s leader in consecutive games scoring in double figures. 

As a highly touted freshman, he and his father helped the Beavers make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1990. As a sophomore, he only appeared in six games due to a season-ending broken right wrist but received a medical exemption for the season. He then worked his way up to being a 20 points-per-game scorer as a junior.


Tres Tinkle ready for one last push, finish on a high note ahead of Civil War round two

Tres Tinkle ready for one last push, finish on a high note ahead of Civil War round two

It is crunch time, now or never for the Oregon State men’s basketball team. Coming off a two-loss weekend at the Arizona schools, the Beavers need to get back on track and have the opportunity to do so with three Pac-12 conference games remaining.

And senior Tres Tinkle knows it.

Our own Ron Callan caught up with Tinkle on Tuesday morning ahead of the Beavers’ Civil War matchup on Thursday in Eugene, Oregon.

Against Arizona, Tinkle didn’t just pick up his first technical ever at Oregon State, but his second, which resulted in an immediate ejection from the contest.

I thought it was fake. Never have even gotten a technical. It just didn’t seem real. I went to go sit on the bench just thinking I didn’t know what was going on. Then they escorted me into the locker room and watched the game on my phone. It was strange. It happens. — Tres Tinkle

[RELATED]: Even Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks Tres Tinkle’s ejection was bogus

I really appreciate Sean Miller and the words he said just knowing that it shouldn’t have happened. I know he’s done a lot of great things and I think a lot of people believe that as well, that it was a call that shouldn’t have been made, shouldn’t have ever happened. But it did so just got to live with it. — Tres Tinkle

Flush it and move on.

It has been a season of “lasts” for the senior from Missoula, Montana. In his fifth season with the Beavs, Tinkle became Oregon State’s leader in consecutive games scoring in double figures. 

He is averaging 18.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists while also leading the Pac-12 conference in steals per game (2.0).

I just want to finish on a high note. We always talk about, we drop some games that we wish we didn’t. Can’t have any more learning experiences. It’s time to really just get the momentum and peak at the right time. — Tres Tinkle

The Beavers (15-12, 5-10 Pac-12) are currently in eleventh in the Pac-12 conference standings with three games remaining on their regular season conference schedule. 

- 02/27: at Oregon (21-7, 10-5 Pac-12)

- 03/05: vs. Stanford (18-9, 7-7 Pac-12)

- 03/07: vs. Cal (11-16, 5-9 Pac-12)

Tinkle is spot on. The Beavs have an opportunity to finish on a high note with their remaining schedule. Oregon State has already faced and beaten the Ducks this season (a 63-53 win on Feb. 8 in Corvallis) and then hosting bottom half conference teams Stanford and Cal.

In a fight for seeding for the upcoming Pac-12 tournament, the Beavs need every win they can get to make life a bit easier in that daunting tournament.

Even Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks Tres Tinkle’s ejection was bogus


Even Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks Tres Tinkle’s ejection was bogus

One was earned; one was questionable.

Oregon State senior Tres Tinkle received two technical fouls at Arizona on Thursday night, which resulted in an immediate ejection from the game.

The first technical foul was a warning on both players.

After a tough basket under the hoop, Tinkle turned to run up court and accidentally made contact with Christian Koloko, who seemed to think that contact was purposeful. Koloko swung back at Tinkle which prompted Tres to get the refs involved, and rightfully so. The call was a double technical on Tinkle and Koloko.

The second was more obvious.

On a drive to the hoop with his left hand, Tinkle raised his right elbow above the shoulders on Arizona’s Jemarl Baker Jr.

Here is the play:

It was called a technical foul, Tinkle’s second of the game, and resulted in an immediate ejection.

Here is what Arizona head coach Sean Miller had to say about the call.

It’s unfortunate that he had to exit the game on that play. I don’t look at that as a cheap shot in any way shape or form. It is what it is. He may have connected above the shoulders. But I know he is a great kid, high-character guy. — Arizona head coach Sean Miller

Miller has great respect for Tinkle and what he has accomplished in his four+ years in Corvallis, Oregon.

Whether or not you agree with Miller, Tinkle was ejected at the 13:15 minute mark of the second half and without him on the court, the Beavers struggled to find their offense. Oregon State fell to Arizona 89-63 in Tucson, Arizona and into ninth place in the Pac-12 conference standings.

Oregon State needs Tinkle on the court. 

The Beavers have now lost two in a row and have a date with the Sun Devils next up in Tempe, where they just beat the No. 14 Oregon Ducks 77-72, before returning home for one last home series hosting the Washington schools.

At this points, it’s all about fighting for seeding in the Pac-12 Tournament (March 11-14) and the Beavers need every win they can get, and it starts with Tinkle.

Tres Tinkle has a knack for scoring in double figures and made history

Tres Tinkle has a knack for scoring in double figures and made history

Tres Tinkle has a knack for scoring, or rather scoring consistently in double figures.

After recording 10 points on Saturday in Oregon State’s loss to No. 16 Colorado, Tinkle now owns the longest streak in Oregon State history for consecutive games scoring in double figures.

The previous holder of the record was Mel Counts, Oregon State basketball 1962-1964, with 89 consecutive games.

In his senior season, the 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 18.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists per game and shooting .353 percent from three-point range. He is third in the Pac-12 conference in scoring, behind Arizona State’s Remy Martin (19.5 ppg) and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard (19.3 ppg), and leads the conference in steals per game (2.0).

What this means for head coach Wayne Tinkle and the Oregon State Beavers is consistency, and that’s something the team needs now and with only five games remaining in Pac-12 conference play. The Beavers (15-10, 5-8 Pac-12) have fallen in the bottom third in the conference standings and need Tinkle to be that senior leader on both ends of the court. When at their best, the Beavs can take down the conference’s top teams in Colorado, Arizona and Oregon, but will play down against teams like Washington and California who sit at the bottom of the Pac.

Every win counts with Pac-12 Tournament seeding starting to take shape, but the Beavs can still make a move with big wins coming up against the Arizona Schools, Oregon and then hosting the Bay Area schools. 

Tinkle’s performance will be key in each of those game and Oregon State will need more of that double figure scoring.

In final season, Tres Tinkle motivated by Tournament berth

In final season, Tres Tinkle motivated by Tournament berth

This week on the Talkin' Beavers podcast, Oregon State Beavers forward Tres Tinkle joined host Nigel Burton to discuss the current season, his recruitment, his relationship with his father and head coach Wayne Tinkle, and the decision to go to the NBA or return to school this past offseason.

He also talked about his goals for the current season:

Every young hooper wants to make it to the tournament. We made it my freshman year but I was hurt so we want to get back there, and with everyone we have I think it's a possibility.

The Beavers are coming off of their first ranked victory since 2016 after blowing out No. 24 Arizona. The win even gave Oregon State a handful of votes in this week's AP poll.

In his redshirt senior season, Tinkle has averaged 19.9 points-per-game on 50.9 percent from the field and 6.8 rebounds-per-game. 

Listen to the full podcast here.

Oregon State Beavers continue best start to a season since 1984

Oregon State Beavers continue best start to a season since 1984

For the first time since 1984, the Oregon State Beavers are 8-1. The 1984-85 Beavers team started that season 14-1. 

The Beavers (8-1) blew out Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-8) 80-46 at Gill Coliseum Saturday afternoon. Yes, they destroyed a terrible opponent who was also injured but you can’t knock the Beavers for taking care of business. In Tres Tinkle's final collegiate season, the Beavers want to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since his freshman season, and their play shows they can accomplish that goal.

Speaking of which, Tinkle led the Beavers with 26 points on 66.7 percent shooting from the field. To get the scoring started for his squad, Tinkle got up on a backdoor alley oop.

He scored 10 of the Beavers’ first 17 points. 

Ethan Thompson wasn’t done throwing dimes after his first alley oop to Tinkle. Later in the first half he threw it up to Kylor Kelley who finished the play.

Thompson finished the game with 21 points on 6-8  from the field. Kelley, who leads the nation with 4.5 blocks per game, had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 blocks to maintain his lead on the rest of the country. 

The Beavers will now shift their focus to the next nonconference game against the University of Texas-San Antonio in Houston on Monday, December 18.

Wayne Tinkle gets contract extension with Oregon State


Wayne Tinkle gets contract extension with Oregon State

Oregon State announced today that head men's basketball coach Wayne Tinkle has received a one-year contract extension. The extensions keeps him in Corvallis through the '22-23 season. 

Scott Barnes, VP and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics had this to say about Tinkle:

"Coach Tinkle is an excellent ambassador for Oregon State University and is a strong leader of our student-athletes," Barnes said. "Our program has made tangible strides under Coach Tinkle and we look forward to more on and off the court successes under his leadership."

The Beavs are coming off one of their more successful seasons in the last 30 years. The team finished 10-8 in the conference which was Tinkle's third winning season with the Beavs (out of five). 

Coach Tinkle's son, Tres Tinkle, returns for his senior season after averaging 20.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists during his junior year. 

The Beavers open the season on October 23rd vs. Carroll College at 7pm. 


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.