Missoula's Joslyn Tinkle Preparing for Second Professional Season
She's the daughter of Griz Men's Head Coach Wayne Tinkle, and just like her dad, Joslyn Tinkle is well on her way to a successful pro career. After graduating from Stanford, the former Missoula prep-star was signed by the Seattle Storm of the WNBA. After the WNBA season ended, she spent 6 months playing professionally in Hungary.
"I went into it not knowing what to expect. It was really fun. I was fortunate enough to play in the Euro League, which is the top women's basketball league over there. Playing against some of the WNBA greats, it was a cool opportunity for me to play against that caliber of players," says Joslyn.
Women's basketball is one of the few American pro sports, where it's commonplace to go overseas to play during the off-season.
"I think what people don't realize, is it's a full year thing for us. And it doesn't help that it's harder for us Americans to go across the pond for several months at a time," says Joslyn.
Even though she's spent the last several weeks at home with her family, she says motivation for training on her own isn't lost in the off-season.
"I think it's different now that this is my job. If you're not doing it, someone else is. That's fueled my fire, to know that. I Have great help. My dad (Wayne Tinkle) has been kicking my butt here the past couple days along with my little brother. But just getting into the gym and getting shots up, and doing as much as I can to keep the most game like situation as close to what I'll see this weekend, and hopefully in the further months," says Joslyn.
While she's excited to go back to Seattle as a returning player looking to make the Storm Roster once again, she's grateful for the short time she does have with her family in Missoula.
"I've been fortunate enough to travel through the summer for Tres' (Tres Tinkle-her younger brother who just wrapped up his junior year at Hellgate High School) AAU, and seen a couple of my sisters games, but this last year was hard, because I was completely away from that, and my dad's games. It is definitely tough, so that is why we take full advantage of when we're all together. This past Easter was the first time we had been all together in awhile, so it was very nice," says Joslyn.