Wayne Tinkle is preparing Oregon State to do something it hasn't done in a long time, and that's make the NCAA tournament.
Wayne Tinkle is making some smart moves to resurrect Oregon State's basketball program.
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By Josh Gershon
It's been 24 years since the last time Oregon State made the NCAA tournament, which resulted in a first round loss to Ball State in 1990.
It's been 32 years since the last time Oregon State won an NCAA tournament game, which was over Idaho in 1982.
When Oregon State won that last NCAA tournament game, Wayne Tinkle was a sophomore at Spokane (Wash.) Ferris.
Tinkle has now been hired from Montana to take over Oregon State's basketball program, one that's lack of tournament success has a lot to do with its inability to attack talent for over 30 years.
It looks like Tinklle could quickly change that though.
Tres Tinkle, Wayne's son, was born 14 years after Oregon State's last tournament victory. But Scout.com's 70th ranked 2015 prospect - who says he wants to be recruited but is generally expected to end up in Corvallis - could play a major role in the Beavers' resurgence.
Tres may not be alone. Wayne Tinkle's most recent assistant hire is Stephen Thompson, Sr., a former Syracuse and NBA guard who was most recently head coach of Cal State Los Angeles.
Stevie Thompson, Jr. - Scout.com's 68th ranked 2015 prospect - was born 15 years after that last Oregon State tournament victory. His little brother, Ethan Thompson, is two years younger and the 2017 prospect is further ahead of Stevie, Jr. at the same time.
None of these players have committed to Oregon State, but historically, when a father recruits his son, he usually lands him.
Tres Tinkle and Stevie Thompson, Jr. project as very good college players who are flat out winners and made up of the elite mental makeup that you often find in coaches' sons.
Should Oregon State land Tinkle and Thompson, Jr., that would give the Beavers a terrific duo to build around, likely the best one-two punch that program has seen in a long time, and the perfect nucleus to build an NCAA tourament team around.
Wayne Tinkle is taking a unique route to building an NCAA tournament roster, but his approach is smart and he's on the path to make Oregon State as relevant in basketball as it has been in a very long time.