Tinsley Gets His Release

With the coaching change at Pepperdine in full swing, Brad Tinsley decided to apply for his release and it was granted on Tuesday.

Brad Tinsley is officially back on the market. The four-star guard out of Oregon City (Ore.) High was granted his release from Pepperdine on Tuesday, just a week and a half after Vance Walberg's resignation from the school.

The process began last Friday, when Carl Tinsley, Brad's father, made contact with Pepperdine's athletic director and asked for the release.

"We just felt like Brad needed to look at his options and see what direction we would go and just open the process up and get a chance to see what else is out there and who is interested," the elder Tinsley said.

Tinsley used a great summer to bolster his stock and he checked in at No. 95 in Scout.com's most recent Top 100. The 6-foot-4 combo guard shoots the ball very well, attacks the basket and is a great decision maker.

In early August, Tinsley gave Pepperdine a verbal commitment, in part to a strong relationship with former AAU coach Mark Campbell. At that time Tinsley was also considering California and Utah.

"He was really anxious to play for Coach Walberg in that system," Carl Tinsley said. "They were up tempo and that would have given him a chance to get into the open court, which he does really well and he was going to be a point guard."

"With [Walberg] leaving and the unknown at Pepperdine, we felt like it was important for us to see who else might be interested," he continued. "He didn't take any visits except to Pepperdine. He took some unofficials, but the only official was to Pepperdine."

With his recruitment reopened he'll likely become one of the most highly sought after guards in the country, as he's one of just seven players still available in Scout.com's Top 100.

Just half way through his senior season Tinsley is averaging 22.9 points and just under 6 assists per game. Last year he was named a Class 6A all-state first-team selection.

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