The Montana Gatorade Player of the Year Tres Tinkle has been playing a lot of basketball outside of Montana this offseason. The 6'7 Tinkle has been traveling all over the country playing in the AAU circuit.
"It's awesome, not a lot of kids get the opportunity that I have playing basketball and getting to see a lot of cool places and seeing a lot of cool people and it's all doing something I love playing basketball," said Tinkle.
Tinkle is ranked as a three or four star recruit depending on the site. He just got invited to the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp in Virginia and his national ranking if continuing to grow although he tries not to put much stock in it.
"It's cool when you hear something about yourself but there are a lot of athletes who aren't ranked and do bigger things than people who aren't ranked. I try to not pay attention to much of that because if you get caught up in that you focus on the wrong things instead of trying to get better everyday," said Tinkle.
His dad, who is now the coach at Oregon State, knows how important it is for high school players to get noticed in AAU events.
"These things are really a vehicle for him to get seen, get evaluated and that word to continue to spread and any parent would want a number of opportunities for their children so it's neat to see him going through it," said Wayne Tinkle.
Tres says when he's playing in a camp in Houston or Las Vegas that he takes a lot of pride in telling people he's from the state of Montana.
"I believe that just being from Montana it puts a chip on my shoulder because we are overlooked and nobody thinks of Montana as an athletic state. So when I go out there I try to work my hardest and pay attention to what's going on and do what I've been doing for so long and just play my game," said Tinkle.
With his dad taking the job at Oregon State, Tres hopes he can finish out his high school career at Hellgate but a decision on if he will move to Oregon or not has yet to be made.