HOOPS: Tinkle & Beavs sign a monster class

WAYNE TINKLE HAS been on the job at Oregon State less than six months but he’s already pulled in a nationally-ranked recruiting class. Indeed, Scout.com ranks the Beaver haul as No. 17 in all the land.

“From 2002 to 2014, Oregon State pulled in just two top 100 prospects. They currently have three in their 2015 recruiting class,” says Scout.com.

Wayne Tinkle's first class at Oregon State includes Derrick Bruce, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound guard from Orlando, Fla.; Drew Eubanks, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward from Troutdale, Ore.; Stephen Thompson, Jr., a 6-foot-3, 165-pound guard from Torrance, Calif., and Tres Tinkle, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward from Missoula.

“Thompson is a wiry scorer. Tinkle is a combo forward with offensive ability. Eubanks is an emerging post prospect with upside, while Bruce is a wiry PG that keeps getting better,” says Scout.com.

ESPN only provided a top 10 class ranking but described Bruce as “a talented point guard prospect with great size, exceptional athleticism, and a budding skill set,’ and said of Eubanks: “Once he fills out and improves his offensive game, he should be a standout at the high-major level.” Meanwhile, Thompson is “an excellent rebounder at both ends and his timing is outstanding… Tinkle is one of the more college-ready players in the national class of 2015.” is a lights out shooter who plays with great savvy and pace.”

Tres (pronounced Trace) Tinkle is the son of Coach Tinkle. Thompson Jr. is the son of Oregon State assistant coach Stephen Thompson.

“It’s not like they are going to be the foundation; the foundation is going to be laid this season,” said the elder Tinkle. “But they are going to be great pieces we add to the mix going forward as far as rebuilding OSU basketball.

“It’s neat that they have a nice ranking, and we’d rather have that than not. But what’s more important is we are doing it with kids that are committed to the long haul. This is a group that’s committed to being here 4-5 years, joining the people that we have here currently and adding to it down the road.”

Bruce is attending prep school at West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla. He averaged 21.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.1 steals as a senior at Colony High in Ontario, Calif., and was a first-team All-Inland Valley selection.

Tinkle hails from Missoula Hellgate High where he averaged 21.1 points and 7.4 rebounds as a junior and 20 points and 7.8 rebounds as a sophomore when Hellgate won the state championship. Tinkle was named “Most Versatile” at the Nike EYBL, a “Jack of All Trades” by ESPN at the LeBron James Skills Academy and the “Best Player” at the Earl Watson Elite AAU program camp. He also attended the NBA Top 100 Camp and Kevin Durant Skills Academy.

Eubanks (pronounced you-banks) is out of Reynolds High in Troutdale. He averaged 5.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game for NorthWest Xpress in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) this past summer to earn “High-Major Alert” recognition by ESPN.com.

Thompson Jr. is from Bishop Montgomery High in Gardena, Calif., who averaged 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists as a junior, and was invited to the Nike LeBron James Skills Academy, the Kyrie Irving Skills Academy, the NBA Top 100 Camp and the Pangos All-American Camp.

Oregon State is expected to add a fifth member to the class before the signing period comes to a close on Wednesday. Gligorije Rakocevic, a 6-11, 245-pound native of Montenegro, gave his verbal commitment to OSU this past Friday. He chose OSU over his other finalist, Washington State. Besides the two Pac-12 schools, Rakocevic also held offers from WSU's season opening opponent UTEP, and Hawaii, Cal-State Northridge and others.

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