- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Missoula Hellgate senior Tres Tinkle has made a verbal commitment to play basketball at Oregon State, where his father was named head coach in May.

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 21.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals as a junior, when Hellgate finished second at the state Class AA tournament. He led Hellgate to the state championship as a sophomore and recently decided to finish his high school career at Hellgate.

Tinkle says Stephen Thompson Jr. of Torrance, California - whose father is an assistant coach at OSU - also committed to playing for the Beavers starting with the 2015-16 season.

The early signing period begins on Nov. 12.

Coach Tinkle cannot comment on recruits until after they sign their letters of intent, but as a father he says he’s glad his son has made his decision and he can focus on his senior year both athletically and academically.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide