Tinkle still wants recruiting process

Despite his father being hired as Oregon State's new head basketball coach, Tres Tinkle says he still plans on going through a recruiting process.

Watching Tres Tinkle last July, it was clear that the 6-foot-7, 210-pound Missoula (Mont.) Hellgate hybrid forward was one of the most underappreciated prospects out west in 2015.

Seeing Tinkle this past weekend at the UA Invitational, that distinction still fits. Tinkle has a true inside/outside game, as the lefty with long arms can knock down jumpers from three or midrange, but also attacks the basket, rebounds, slashes, passes and defends multiple positions.

With Tinkle's motor, basketball IQ and skill set, he projects as a guy who will be a key piece to a winning team at the next level, given the right pieces around him, of course.

The rising senior feels that his game continues to progress.

"I'm playing well right now," Tinkle said. "Defensively I feel like I have a lot more energy using my length to create deflections. I know I can shoot but I'm working on my post up game and attacking the hoop has always been good for me.

"I'm trying to talk more and be more aggressive. If I always stay positive good things will come, because it's not all about offense."

This weekend, Tinkle listed USC, Boston College and Utah as offers with interest coming from California, Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon State, Gonzaga, Boise State, Creighton, Notre Dame and Harvard.

Three schools were recruiting him the hardest.

"Cal, Arizona State and Stanford," Tinkle said.

Since that Saturday interview, Tinkle's recruitment may have been shaken up a bit. His father, Wayne Tinkle, previously head coach of Montana, was hired to take over Oregon State's program.

Before Wayne Tinkle got the job, his son said that he was looking at all options.

"It would be awesome to play for my dad but he knows what's best for me, and if that's going somewhere else or playing for him, he'll support me all the way," said Tres.

Checking back in with Tres following his father's promotion, he said playing for his dad has become more appealing but that he "definitely" plans on going through a recruiting process.

"It stands out to me more but as of now I'm still open to anything," Tres said.

The plan, as of this weekend, was for Tinkle to sign in November. At the time, there were a few schools he wanted to check out before he made a decision.

"I would like to visit USC, Cal and Stanford, but if more schools come on this summer then I'll definitely check others out," he said.

One of those schools, USC, received an unofficial visit from Tinkle prior to this weekend.

"It was cool; I really liked it," he said. "Great coaching staff and great facilities; I feel like I could be successful there."

When it does come down to choosing a school, Tinkle knows what he'll be looking for.

"Academics, a good program and somewhere that will set me up outside of basketball for the rest of my life," he said.

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