NCB On The Trail: Tres Tinkle

Help is on the way for Pac-12 

February, 11, 2015
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Last season, the Pac-12 lost a lot of talent to graduation and the NBA draft, and it's showing with only two ranked teams as of this week. The conference certainly appears to have made some strong inroads on the recruiting trail this year as there are six 2015 classes in our top 40 and thirteen ESPN 100 players coming in next season. We've identified the help that's coming for other major conferences. Now let's take a look at the Pac-12.

Most impactful class: Arizona

The Wildcats boast the nation's No. 2 class because of star power, quality and depth that will come into Tucson. When you break down Sean Miller’s class, it’s a combination of terrific positional size, scoring ability and versatility. Allonzo Trier (No. 15) can score as well as anyone in the class in the open floor or against set defense by driving, creating fouls and making deep and mid-range jump shots. People will see that he is a very underrated passer. Justin Simon (No. 37) brings athletic ability and height to the backcourt to play and defend the point guard spot. Ray Smith (No. 28) has freakish athletic ability at the small forward spot and will be coming off a torn ACL. Chance Comanche (No. 90) is a lean post with bounce to rebound, block shots and make shots. This class has an abundance of talent and will flex its muscles in the Pac-12.

Oregon State lands two ESPN 100's

November, 13, 2014
New Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle signed four players to national letters of intent on Wednesday, including two ESPN 100 prospects, the school announced.

Joining the Beavers in 2015 will be ESPN 100 small forward Tres Tinkle (No. 77 overall), who is Wayne's son, ESPN 100 shooting guard Stephen Thompson Jr. (No. 69), the son of Oregon State assistant coach Stephen Sr., along with four-star center Drew Eubanks and three-star point guard Derrick Bruce.

"We are very excited that we can finally comment on the recruits," Coach Tinkle told the school's website. "A lot of work went into this recruiting class. People are going to be excited for more than just what they see on the court; they'll discover what each of these individuals stands for and the kind of character they have."

Tinkle and his staff are expecting a fifth letter of intent from two star center Gligorije Rakocevic before the early signing period concludes on Wednesday.

Future is bright for Tinkle, Oregon State 

September, 2, 2014
Oregon State is back.

OK, not quite back to the glory days of Gary Payton -- but the Beavers are certainly putting themselves in the equation to be relevant again.

People tend to forget the Beavers were No. 1 in the country for two months in 1981 when Ralph Miller was roaming the sidelines. Today's college kids weren’t even alive when Payton was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1990, which also happens to be the last time the program was in the NCAA tournament.

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Small forward Tres Tinkle, the No. 45 player in the ESPN 100, committed to Oregon State on Tuesday, where he will play under his father, coach Wayne Tinkle.

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West Coast tournament recap 

July, 21, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- After covering the LeBron James Skills Academy, the next week of the July evaluation period took us to various tournaments such as the Double Pump Best of the Summer, Pangos Cream of the Crop, and the Battle at the Beach. There were a plethora of national talents such as Lonzo Ball, T.J. Leaf, Kendall Small, and Elijah Thomas that stood out, but it was players like 2016 talents Mitchell Lightfoot and JaQuori McLaughlin who gave us a glimpse of the future of West Coast hoops.

Most upside

Ernie Sears

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LeBron James Skills Academy recap: Day 3 

July, 12, 2014
It was an eventful day at the LeBron James Skills Academy as the night session of games was cancelled due to player fatigue and injuries. Isaiah Briscoe, Malik Newman, Stephen Zimmerman, and Troy Brown are just a few of the casualties that succumbed to the injury bug. However, despite one session of games there was an epic encounter between the most dominant player in camp in Ben Simmons and super junior Jayson Tatum, as well as a number of fine performances from those that you'll read about in this edition.

Best all-around

Jayson Tatum
2016, WF, 6-foot-7, 193 pounds

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The ESPN 60 has officially grown into the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2015, and there are plenty of intriguing storylines among the top rising seniors in the country:

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Chris Williams/Icon SMIIvan Rabb maintained his tenuous hold on the No. 1 spot in the 2015 class.
1. Top spot still up for grabs. Ivan Rabb has retained his spot as the top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2015, but make no mistake about it: This remains a very tight race that will continue to play out for the next 12 months. Rabb’s versatility and efficiency during the Elite Youth Basketball League regular season, in addition to his vast physical upside, were enough for him to retain his title. But he has plenty of competition. Ben Simmons has been coming on as strong in recent months as any prospect in the class, as he is now turning potential into production on a much more consistent basis. In a class full of scoring guards, Malik Newman stands out as the most talented of them all, and very likely the best pure scorer in the ESPN 100. Diamond Stone has had an equally dominant spring in the Under Armour Association, playing his way into the top four and asserting his claim as a contender in the race for the No. 1 spot.

2. Oh, Henry. No player has made a more dramatic jump up the rankings than Henry Ellenson, who went all the way from No. 47 to No. 5 in the ESPN 100. Ellenson averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds per game for Playground Elite during the EYBL season, showing a versatile and unique game for a 6-foot-9 power forward, all while continuing to raise his level of his production with each passing week. He can shoot the ball from the 3-point line but is also a threat to put the ball on the floor. He is perhaps most effective when he’s able to get out and run in transition.

3. Other risers. Ellenson is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to players whose stock is rising. Jaylen Brown had a terrific spring on the adidas Gauntlet circuit and played his way into the top 10. Chase Jeter jumped more than 20 spots to land at No. 13, while Michigan State-bound big man Deyonta Davis moved up 30 spots to No. 18. Other spring stock risers include Justin Simon, who went from 45 to 23; Jalen Adams, 46 to 33; and Jalen Coleman, who hopped 24 spots to land at No. 34 in the ESPN 100.

4. Announcing his arrival. Previously a member of the 2016 class, Caleb Swanigan is making his debut in the 2015 rankings at No. 17 after announcing his reclassification last month. The wide-bodied 6-9 big man has nimble feet for a player of his size and an even bigger presence on the backboards. He led the entire EYBL in rebounding this season and was equally dominant cleaning the glass on both ends. His recruitment has also heated up, with Arizona and Kansas joining a long list of scholarship offers that already included Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue and many others.

5. More notable newcomers. While Swanigan might be the most notable of the new prospects in the ESPN 100, he’s far from the only one. In a class in desperate need of point guards, Corey Sanders has helped to fill a major void. He was unranked in the last ESPN 60 but now makes his ESPN 100 debut ranked No. 31 in the class. Former UConn commit Prince Ali is another prospect who was on the outside looking in the last time we updated rankings, but he has more than proved himself in recent months. Tres Tinkle, Admon Gilder and De'Jounte Murray make their debuts in the top half of the ESPN 100.

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Bart Young/USA BasketballGeorgetown commit Jessie Govan is trending back up the ESPN 100.
6. Down but not out. As some prospects go up the rankings, others must go down, but sometimes that’s just the spark of motivation they need to reassert themselves in the coming months. Jessie Govan and Terance Mann are examples of prospects who slipped out of the rankings at one point in time but are now trending back in the right direction. At No. 23, Tyler Dorsey is a prospect who could make another climb up the ESPN 100 before all is said and done, while the same can be said for P.J. Dozier, Charles Matthews, Doral Moore and K.J. Lawson.

7. Big and getting bigger. The 2015 class was already well known for the amount of size and frontcourt depth, but that has become an even bigger (no pun intended) trend in these most recent rankings. In fact, 11 of the top 15 ranked players in the class come at either the center or power forward positions, making this far and away the most frontcourt-dominated class we’ve seen in recent memory.

8. Plenty of positional size. Size is a characteristic of this class, not just among the frontcourt positions, but across each of the five positions on the floor. Even the perimeter players atop the class have terrific size relative to their spot on the floor. Jaylen Brown is no slouch of a wing at 6-5, while Brandon Ingram’s 6-8 frame is ideal. Malachi Richardson has equally imposing size at the shooting guard position at 6-6. Conversely, we don’t see a player 6 feet or under until Kendall Small (ditto on the no pun intended) checks in at No. 60.

9. Scoring guards. While the big men dominate the top of the rankings, many of the best guards in the class all seem to come from a similar prototype. They handle the ball more than natural 2-guards and yet are more focused on their individual offense than pure point guards. Instead, guys such as Newman, Antonio Blakeney, Allonzo Trier and Isaiah Briscoe can be best described as scoring guards -- guards who act as the primary playmakers for their respective teams but look for their own offense first and foremost before passing as a result of forcing the defense to collapse or rotate.

10. On the cusp. The final spots in the ESPN 100 are always some of the most debatable, essentially because there are so many prospects who can make a legitimate claim on the top 100 status. That was particularly true this year, when proven players such as Bryant Crawford and Rex Pflueger were left just on the outside looking in, along with other deserving prospects such as Joseph Toye, Matt Ryan, Chimezie Metu, Marcus Derrickson and several others.
Ryan Silver, director of the Earl Watson Elite AAU program, orchestrated a terrific camp in Colorado as he attracted many of the best players in the state as well as a few gems outside the region. A look at a handful that stood out:

Best Player

Tres Tinkle
2015, WF, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds
Status: Claims offers from Boston College, USC, and Utah, with heavy interest from Cal, Gonzaga, Colorado, Arizona State, Oregon State and Davidson.
The clever lefty from Missoula, Mont., has long arms and big hands and affects the game in multiple ways. He has a knack of finding ways to score at all three levels and his ability to attack the basket is uncanny. He needs to polish his off hand while attacking, but he is a top-50 national recruit.

Best All-Around Big Man

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