Tinch set to join Cardinal basketball squad
Tinch set to join basketball team
The athlete formerly known as Greg Tinch will soon be joining Coach Rick Pitino's basketball squad. The two sport athlete now known as Joshua Tinch just completed his first season with the UofL football team last night in a 38-15 defeat to the Marshall Thundering Herd in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, AL. Tinch, a wide receiver for the gridiron Cards, caught 2 passes for 23 yards against Marshall last night. For the season, Tinch hauled in 31 passes for 406 yards and 4 touchdowns for a 13.1 ypc average.
A former standout on the hardwood, Tinch will be a welcome addition to the UofL hoops squad. As a senior at Westover High School in Albany, GA, Tinch averaged 20 points and 13 rebounds per game and was considered by most recruiting analysts as one of the nation's top 75 players. A star on the Adidas AAU circuit for several years, Tinch developed a reputation as a big time athlete and defender and a strong finisher on the break and around the basket.
Tinch has worked out and practiced with Coach Pitino's squad for over a year now and has received high praise from the Cardinal's boss. Coach Pitino has often publicly asserted that Tinch is the teams toughest and best defender in practice and is a nightmare for whomever he ends up defending. Though not known as a great perimeter shooter, the 6'4 Tinch should provide an immediate spark off the Cardinals bench, particularly on the press and at the defensive end of the floor.
During the summer prior to Tinch's freshman season, I was fortunate to get a glimpse of this fantastic athlete. Playing in Derek Anderson's Loyalty League, Tinch often used his athleticism and strength around the basket to hurt opponents. He is very strong around the glass and threw down many back board rattling dunks at Old Male High that summer. He handles the ball well enough to get his shot off the dribble and showed an ability to knock in the 15-17 foot jumper. At the very least, Tinch will provide lots of energy and hustle off the bench this season for Coach Pitino's rapidly ascending men's basketball program.
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