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Oregon State is apparently down to three candidates for its vacant basketball coaching position.

The finalists are Travis DeCuire, associate head coach at California; Mike Hopkins, assistant coach at Syracuse, and Montana head coach Wayne Tinkle.

OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis has met with all three and conducted a conference call with each of them and members of the school's selection committee on Friday. A decision could be announced as early as Monday.

DeCuire, a point guard at Montana from 1991-94 who earned all-Big Sky honors as a junior and senior, is a native of Sammamish, Wash. He was head coach at Green River Community College in Seattle for two years before serving five years as an assistant coach at Old Dominion. DeCuire spent seven years under Mike Montgomery at Cal, helping develop three Pac-12 players of the year, including Blazers' guard Allen Crabbe.

Hopkins, who grew up in Laguna Hills, Calif., was a two-year starting point guard at Syracuse, playing for the Orangemen from 1989-93. Hopkins, 44, has spent 19 seasons on Jim Boeheim's staff at his alma mater, a run that includes 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2003 national championship. He has also worked with the USA basketball program, serving as co-head coach with Blazers assistant coach Jay Triano of the select team that competed in training camp against the U.S. Olympic team in 2012.

Tinkle, 48, has compiled a 158-89 record in eight seasons at Montana. In 2011-12 and 2012-13, the Grizzlies won back-to-back Big Sky Conference championships, posting a 25-6 record and making it to the NCAA Tournament's second round each season. Tinkle was named Big Sky coach of the year both seasons.

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