Huge day for Oregon State
When Oregon State hired Wayne Tinkle to take over the men's basketball program, the former Montana coach was given the difficult task of taking a Beavers roster with very little Pac-12 talent and making it competitive. That isn't something which has proven to be an easy task for Oregon State in recent years. Craig Robinson, who was employed as head coach for six seasons in Corvallis from 2008 to 2014, signed a total of two Scout.com Top 100 prospects during his entire tenure with the Beavers. Whether that small number is on Robinson, his staff or the challenges facing the program is up for debate, but the lack of talent in the program that Tinkle took over isn't. Which makes Tuesday such a significant day for the Oregon State men's basketball program. Missoula (Mont.) Hellgate hybrid forward Tres Tinkle, Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery shooting guard Stephen Thompson, Jr. and Delray Beach (Calif.) Elev8 Prep point guard Derrick Bruce all committed to the Beavers on Tuesday. Tres Tinkle, Wayne's son, is Scout.com's 79th rated prospect in the 2015 class. Thompson, Jr., whose father, Stephen, Sr. is an assistant at Oregon State, is ranked 64th in 2015. Bruce, originally from California, is an athletic point guard with a very high ceiling. The three new commits join Troutdale (Ore.) Reynolds center Drew Eubanks, who committed to Oregon State last week, and is ranked 96th in Scout.com's 2015 Top 100. This is a huge day for the Beavers program. Not only have they landed more Top 100 prospects in one week than the previous staff landed in six years, but they now have commitments from four players who project as serious Pac-12 contributors. Tinkle and Thompson are both guys who should be all-league before they leave school, while Eubanks and Bruce certainly have that kind of upside as well. Collectively, Oregon State couldn't have asked for too much better of a foursome to build its program around. There is still work to be done in Corvallis, but in just one week, the forecast of the Oregon State program is brighter than it has been in a very long time.
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