Ducks Showing Support For Tinsley

For most people that follow Oregon high school boy's basketball, it is really no surprise that Brad Tinsley, 6-4, 190, Oregon City (Ore.) Oregon City HS, is the top player in the state this year. The senior shooting guard is leading the state in scoring at 24 points per game and if you see him in action, there's no question that he's a prime-time player.

Oregon's Ernie Kent must believe in Brad Tinsley because according to Tinsley's dad, Carl Tinsley, the Ducks have been coming around more and more lately. Kent was at Oregon City's game with Milwaukie when the Pioneers, the state 6-A's top team put away the Mustangs, 72-35. Carl Tinsley indicated that Brad had an average game against Milwaukie scoring 27 points, but probably what drew Kent's attention to Brad Tinsley was the shooting guard's ability to take the game over. This was the second time Kent has been to see Tinsley recently. A couple of weeks ago, Kent was with Oregon assistant Kenny Payne to watch Oregon City. Payne has been at Pioneer games several times, as has another Oregon assistant, Yasir Rosemond.

The trip on Thursday night was a show of support by the Duck Head Coach for Tinsley and to reconfirm just how serious the Ducks are with the scholarship offer to the talented playmaker.

Tinsley's recruitment was thought to be over earlier in the year when he signed a Letter of Intent to Pepperdine. However, when Vance Walberg resigned as the head coach, Tinsley sought a release from his Letter of Intent and it was granted. One of the main reasons Tinsley wanted to go to Pepperdine was Assistant Coach Mark Campbell who is still at the Malibu, California school. It is not known what Campbell's status will be when the Waves' new headman Tom Asbury competes the task of hiring a staff.

Right now Tinsley is putting recruiting on the back burner until his high school basketball season is over. The Pioneers are headed into the 6-A playoffs as the No. 1 team in the state with a 24-1 record. Oregon City will face Southridge in the first round of the state playoffs next Wednesday. Hopefully, Tinsley and his teammates will go as far as the championship round to be held at McArthur Court, on the campus of the University of Oregon during the second week of March.

"He's going to wait until the season is over before he sits down and decides on a final list of schools," said Carl Tinsley of Brad's recruiting process. "For now he wants to get to Eugene."

While some may expect that there is pressure on Tinsley to make a decision, according the Carl Tinsley, there really is no hurry. The senior Tinsley indicates that the decision on where Brad is going will be a family matter that is subject to prayer and a lot of serious thought. When Brad finishes basketball he'll narrow his list of considerable list of suitors down.

This spring Tinsley is playing baseball for the Pioneers. David Tinsley, Brad's older brother is a student at the University of Oregon and plays club baseball. Last year the Ducks' won the Club National Championship in baseball, with David as one of the left-handed pitchers. Interestingly Oregon is resuming baseball as a varsity sport in 2009.

Is there any possibility that Brad could be a pitcher in college too? Perhaps there is an outside chance of that says Carl, maybe something along the lines of a middle-reliever, but that talk is really down to road and right now the family's energy is on the Oregon 6-A Boy's Playoffs.

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