To kick-off each college basketball season, SB Nation’s Mike Rutherford breaks down his list of the “Top 100 Players in College Basketball”. And for a second straight season, Oregon State has placed a familiar face on that list in the presence of 6’ 10” forward Tres Tinkle, the Beavers do-it-all junior talent.
Ranked in front of many notables, including UCLA guard Jaylen Hands (#94), Oregon super-freshman Bol Bol (#92) and Washington big man Noah Dickerson (#78), Tinkle’s much-improved rankings from a season ago is showing that while Oregon State may not have the national brand it so yet desires on the hardwood, Tinkle is still getting his due credit individually. Tinkle averaged 17.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Beavers last season en route to First Team All-Pac-12 accolades, while also being “the only player in the conference to rank in the league’s top 10 in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals.”
Tinkle is situated directly ahead of Clemson’s versatile guard Marcquise Reed (#61) and Virginia point guard Ty Jerome (#59), before a slew of Pac-12 talents find themselves scattered through the rest of the rankings. Washington’s Jaylen Nowell (#58), Colorado’s McKinley Wright IV (#57), Oregon’s Payton Pritchard (#46), USC’s Bennie Boatwright (#41), and UCLA’s Kris Wilkes (#32) all placed higher than Tinkle in the rankings, while USC’s Kevin Porter Jr. and Washington’s Matisse Thybulle found their own spots in the Honorable Mention category.
The top-ranked player on the list was Duke freshman R.J. Barrett, followed by Purdue guard Carsen Edwards, Nevada swingman Caleb Martin, Kansas guard Dedric Lawson and North Carolina forward Nassir Little. The full Top 100 list can be found by clicking here.
Tinkle and Oregon State will kick-off their season on Tuesday, Novemeber 6th at 6:00 PM PT, when they welcome the UC-Riverside Highlanders to Corvallis.