Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle was one of 25 players from around the country named to the Wooden Award midseason watch list, which was announced on Wednesday. Tinkle is one of just three Pac-12 players to make the cut for the accolade, along with Oregon point guard Payton Pritchard and Washington big man Isaiah Stewart.
The 6’ 7” senior and son of head coach Wayne Tinkle is having another prolific campaign, averaging 19.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He’s currently shooting 50.8% from the field and 44.6% from behind the arc, leading the Beavers to an 11-3 mark on the year.
Tinkle shares a spot on the list with some of the best individual talents in the land, including Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston, Marquette guard Markus Howard, Duke forward Vernon Carey Jr., Iowa center Luka Garza, Georgia guard Anthony Edwards, Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, Gonzaga forward Filip Petrusev, Seton Hall guard Myles Powell and Dayton forward Obi Toppin.
The Wooden Award has been handed out annually since 1976 to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the country for men’s and women’s college basketball. Previous winners of the award include legendary notables including Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant and more. Last season’s recipients of the awards were Zion Williamson from Duke and Sabrina Ionescu from Oregon.