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Tres Tinkle shows Portland he can play

With Wayne Tinkle in the stands watching as a father only, Tres Tinkle put on a pretty good show Friday night at Lewis & Clark's Pamplin Sports Center.

The junior Tinkle needed only 13 shots to score a game-high 25 points and lead Anthony Davis Select to a 70-62 victory over Simply Fundamental of Las Vegas in the Rose City Showcase, an eight-team invitational featuring some of the top high school players in the West.

As Oregon State's new coach, the senior Tinkle is prohibited from watching any of the AAU-type tournament games -- except those involving his son.

Tres, a 6-7, 210-pound junior out of Missoula, Mont., looked every bit the part of the player ranked No. 46 on ESPN's list of the top 100 college prospects from next year's high school senior class.

Tinkle -- playing for a team made up primarily of Idaho natives -- made 10 of 13 shots from the field, including 1 of 2 from 3-point range, was 4 for 6 from the free-throw line and was the best player on the floor.

"He played great," said Anthony Davis Select coach Clint Hordemann, a former Boise State player. "It's always tough when you're right off the bus and rolling into a big-time game, but Tres was awesome."

Tinkle did a bit of everything in the 32-minute contest. It took him three seconds to score the game's first points on a breakaway layup after the opening tip. The lithe left-hander scored on perimeter shots, spin moves and flashes to the basket. Hordemann never ran a play for Tinkle, but he found ways to score.

"The guys find me with the ball," he said. "I'll find them, too. We're all very unselfish. I don't try to look for a lot of shots in the offense. Sometimes it has to be off of offensive rebounds or in transition. But none of us have to do anything flashy, which is awesome. We just want to win."

Tinkle can put the ball on the floor and is a willing and able passer. He blocked a couple of shots -- more on timing than great leaping ability -- and moves well without the ball.

"Tres finishes so well, and his basketball IQ is through the roof," said Hordemann, who lives in Boise and co-runs the Idaho Select program, which include five traveling teams. "That's what makes him so stinking special. He has all the attributes. He knows how to get his own shot, how to move without the ball. When he gets the ball, he can make plays with it. When guys are closing out to him, he's so hard to guard."

Tinkle is probably still growing and may fill out to be a "stretch four" in college, but he plays like a small forward, and would prefer that role in college.

"I still have a couple of inches in me, I think," he said. "I need to chisel out my post game, but I want to be a wing in college. That's what I've been playing my whole life."

Tinkle already has scholarship offers from Southern Cal, Utah and Boston College.

"Cal and Creighton said they're right around the corner," he said.

What about Oregon State?

"Dad wants me to play for him," Tinkle said. "He's pretty old-school. He doesn't give (scholarship offers) out to kids left and right. But I feel like I have one tucked away."

Though it would be fair to say Tinkle is leaning to Oregon State, he's going to listen to all offers, just as older sisters Joslyn (formerly of Stanford) and Elle (a sophomore-to-be at Gonzaga) did as prep seniors.

"I still want to go through the recruiting process," Tinkle said. "I watched my sisters go through that, and they loved it. It only happens once, so why not make the most of it? I'll sign in November, get all of that out of the way and have a fun senior season in high school."

That could be in Missoula or Corvallis, though it seems more likely it will be the latter. He said he'll make the decision sometime in July, after spending some time with his family in Corvallis.

"It's a hard time to move, but it would also be hard to be away from the family," he said. "I'd love to watch my dad during his first year here. He's going to do great things. I have mixed emotions on it right now, but I'll do what's best for me and for the family."

If he stays in Corvallis, would he play at Corvallis High or Crescent Valley?

"A lot more people have reached out to me from Crescent Valley, so I know a couple of people there already," Tinkle said. "Joe Casey (son of OSU baseball coach Pat and a junior-to-be at CV) is an awesome kid. I really like him. I'd tour both schools, but if I had to do it today, it'd probably be Crescent Valley."

No matter where he chooses to play in college, Tinkle will be an asset, Hordemann said.

"Anybody would be super lucky to have him," he said. "What you see on the court pales in comparison to what type of kid he is. He's a great leader, a phenomenal teammate and a pleasure to coach. When you ask him to do something, it's instantaneous. He comes from great stock. He's been coached on that stuff his whole life.

"He's going to get stronger, and some of the little stuff he can clean up -- handling the ball going right, that sort of thing -- will get done. He's going to get nothing but better. These events are so perfect for him -- three games against great competition this weekend."

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