There is no doubt that Brad Tinsley is going to make some team very happy. With his size, ball handling skills, athleticism, and shooting touch, Tinsley is the type of player that can help a team reach the next level. That is exactly what he has done at Oregon City High School. Not only did Tinsley end his career as the second leading scorer in Oregon history while averaging over 22 points per game for his career, he also helped lead his team to their first state championship game since 1945.
Now that his season is over, recruiting has taken center stage. "We have cut the list to 7," said Brad's father Carl. "It is down to Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Butler, USC, North Carolina, Arizona State, and Oregon. We have two official visits lined up now, one to Vanderbilt in mid-April and one to Wake Forest April 23rd-25th."
When asked about what they are looking for in a school Carl stated, "Brad is looking for a well rounded experience. He likes a smaller school. Academics are also very important. Brad also wants the opportunity to play the point guard position. We have eliminated the schools that just want Brad as a shooting guard. He is the type of player that like to have the ball in his hands and make his teammates better."
When asked about Wake, Carl stated that he is familiar with the personnel at Wake Forest. "We know that Wake has two young guards in Ish Smith and Jeff Teague. But the coaches have told us they want to leave Teague at shooting guard and Brad would have a chance to play point guard as well as some shooting guard." He also stated they were impressed with the big guys Wake had coming in and that Brad just wants an opportunity to play as a freshman no matter where he goes.
When asked if distance would be a huge factor, Carl said it won't be as big of a factor as it once was. "I think Brad has matured a lot during this season. When he was getting recruited early on he really just looked at the west coast schools but now he can see himself going off to college."
Whoever gets Tinsley will not only be getting a very skilled player, but also a very tough player. Tinsley never missed a game in his high school career. That includes him playing with a separated shoulder during the state semifinals and finals this season.