Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle has been cleared for half court basketball activities and is expected to be fully recovered and ready for full-contact activities by mid-October. Wayne Tinkle announced this to CBS Sports early yesterday morning. Tres suffered his injury late last season going into the postseason and was unable to help his team in the NCAA tournament as they fell in the first round to VCU.
Tinkle began last season coming off the bench in favor of Langston Morris-Walker and eventually took his spot in the starting lineup. He was a huge part of the offensive side of the ball and the team missed his scoring ability once they got to the big dance. The Beavers will look to Tinkle as a key part in Oregon State’s new look roster next season and keeping him healthy will be essential for this team, which is why they haven’t rushed him back into action.
Before his injury, Tinkle averaged 13.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, trailing only Gary Payton II in both categories. He shot 44.1 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from three-point land. He also received Pac-12 all-freshman honorable mention.