SPOTLIGHT: PF Jon Tinnon [MEDIA:20319]

The final piece of the Men's Basketball recruiting puzzle came together with the signing of <b>Jon Tinnon</b> at the end of April. A 6-8 Power Forward from Southeastern Community College in Iowa, Jon brings much needed size and skill in the low post for the Vandals next season.

Player Profile: Jon Tinnon
School: Southeastern College
Hometown: Portland, OR
Height: 6-8
Weight: 225 pounds

2001-2002 Season Stats
8.0 per game
Shooting Avg
5 per game

(Courtesy Southeastern CC)
Idaho recruit, Power Forward Jon Tinnon, is both a talented athlete, and an athlete who has been blessed to have played on some great teams in his young career. As a highschooler in Portland, OR, Jon's team (Jefferson High School) ended the 2000 season ranked #4 in the nation by USA Today. Jon was hardly a bit player on that team, having averaged 13.7 points per game (#3 on the team) and 9 rebounds per game (#1 on the team). That team won the class 4A state title and is recognized as one of the best teams in Oregon high school history.

Although recruited by several PAC-10 teams, including Washington State, Jon went the JC route instead. He first enrolled at Fullerton Community College and averaged 15 points and 9.4 rebounds per game (#3 in the Orange Empire Conference) as a freshman. Fullerton finished the year 22-11 and #3 in conference play.

After his freshman season he moved on to Southeastern Community College in Iowa, where he helped the Black Hawks team that went 25-9 and won the Region XI Championship. The team fell one game short of qualifying for the JUCO Nationals. At Southeastern it looks like he spent alot of his playing time down low (playing the 5), rather than at a wing position. Given Idaho's needs at the 4 and 5 spots, this experience should come in handy for Jon next season.

If he can bring his winning pedigre, a strong work ethic and low-post experience with him to Moscow, the Vandals should be in good hands. We look forward to seeing this big Oregonian back in the Northwest and wearing Silver and Gold.

Read more:

Official U of I Press Release

USA Today Super 25 National Ranking

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