"Right when I got home from Wake it was 50-50," Tinsley said. "It was probably one of the toughest decisions I've ever made. I think this one was tougher than the first decision."
The Portland (Ore.) Oregon City standout took official visits to both Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, with the Demon Deacons getting the final trip. However it was his comfort level with Vandy that sealed the deal.
"Once I got back from Wake [Forest] I had to sit down and evaluate it," he said. "I didn't want to make a decision off of emotions because I had a lot of fun at Wake. So I prayed about it and I felt more comfortable with the coaching staff and the guys when I went down to [Vanderbilt]."
Last July, Vanderbilt spotted Tinsley at the LeBron James Camp and tried to get involved, however it was too late as he had already narrowed his list to three schools. Once he picked up his release in late January, Vanderbilt moved quickly.
"After I got my release they were the first ones to call and they were out every time they could," Tinsley, a four-star prospect on Scout.com, said.
First year assistant King Rice was the point man on Tinsley's recruitment and he played a big role in Tinsley's final decision.
"What was so impressive was when they beat Tennessee that night he jumped on a plane and he was at my practice the next day," Tinsley said. "After they had just beaten the number one team. I thought that was pretty impressive. He's been helpful throughout the whole process giving me encouragement."