"I knew it would be kind of nice to get away and not have my phone and not have college coaches bothering me and to just get away and think about it on my own and pray about it with my family," Tinsley said.
"I would say [Pepperdine] is the most comfortable school I was with. It's a smaller campus and with Mark (Campbell) being there and everything I'm really tight with the coaching staff and it's a great opportunity. They got some guys coming in. It's going to be awesome."
Campbell, who has worked out Tinsley for years and was his AAU coach this past summer, built a special relationship with Tinsley and that certainly played a role in the final decision.
"It's going to be awesome," he said. "I'm going to be with him for the next four years and he's like my big brother and my best friend."
Although Tinsley's relationship with Mark Campbell played a role in the decision, he also developed a strong bond with Vance Walberg. Tinsley felt that he could succeed in his style of play.
"They really like to run n' gun and press, which I'm all about. Their point guards are all about one-on-one, beating your guy and gettin to the whole. If not you kick it out for an open three. So either way almost every trip I should get a point or assist hopefully."
This summer Tinsley proved to be one of the better guards on the West Coast. His best effort came at the LeBron James Skills Academy, where he showed off deep range on his jumper and the ability to get to the rack.
"I thought that I played alright. It showed me what I can work on to play with the elite players. It was great for me because you can't go wrong competing with the best guys in the nation."
Tinsley joins AAU teammate Paul McCoy to make up Pepperdine's 2008 class.