"We just sat down and [my dad] told me the list of all the schools and gave me the information that he had on all the colleges that he talked to," said Tinsley, a 6-foot-4 combo guard.
"I kind of had some favorites in the back of my mind throughout the whole thing, just from learning which schools were involved and about the styles of play and coaching staffs."
Having only taken one official visit, Tinsley still has four left and Vanderbilt will be among the schools getting a visit. Tinsley will take a trip to Nashville (Tenn.) the weekend of April 12th.
"Then it's going to be tough because I have baseball and some other stuff," Tinsley said about trying to find open weekends. "Every weekend that I have free I'm going to be planning an official."
Of the seven schools involved, North Carolina is the only one that hasn't offered a scholarship. The Heels are still playing the waiting game.
"Coach Williams is waiting to see what [Ty] Lawson and [Wayne] Ellington are going to do," Tinsley said. " So I don't know if they are in the running, but it might be way, way too late before I know."
Despite dealing with the distraction of losing his future college head coach and opting for his release, Tinsley had a terrific senior season and led Oregon City (Ore.) High to the state championship game.
The Scout.com four-star prospect averaged 24.3 points, 7.1 assists and 5.2 rebounds this past season.