On Thursday (the eve of the college basketball season), SB Nation rolled out their in-depth college basketball preview, which included Mike Rutherford’s list of the Top 100 players in the country. And to the surprise of almost nobody in Beaver Nation, Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle came in at the #93 overall spot on the list, surrounded by a host of extremely talented players including Tennessee’s James Daniel III and Campbell’s Chris Clemons.
The Beavers stand-out was accompanied by a host of Pac-12 players on the list, including #7 Allonzo Trier (Arizona), #22 DeAndre Ayton (Arizona), #28 Bennie Boatwright (USC), #29 Chimezie Metu (USC), #30 Reid Travis (Stanford), #31 Aaron Holiday (UCLA), #42 Rawle Alkins (Arizona), #44 Troy Brown (Oregon), #56 Thomas Welsh (UCLA), #59 Jordan McLaughlin (USC), #67 Elijah Brown (Oregon), #70 De’Anthony Melton (USC) and #96 Jaylen Hands (UCLA).
Tra Holder (Arizona State) is one of nineteen players on the “Just Missed” portion of the list and the only one from the conference of champions.
The overall top five players are #1 Miles Bridges (Michigan State), #2 Michael Porter (Missouri), #3 Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame), #4 Marvin Bagley (Duke) and #5 Grayson Allen (Duke).
Tinkle’s high-rating gives some more hope to Beaver Nation heading into the 2017-2018 campaign, which could be a much-improved affair if all the pieces come together for Oregon State on the fly. Tinkle averaged 20.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game last season in six contests for the Beavers, before missing the rest of the campaign due to injury. The 6’ 8”, 220-pound forward and son of head coach Wayne Tinkle is a likely all-league selection, if he can stay healthy through the upcoming season.