Wayne Tinkle landed a huge first recruit, figuratively and literally, Tuesday afternoon, receiving a verbal commitment from Drew Eubanks. A 6-foot-10 post at Reynolds High School, Eubanks’ stock has soared this summer. He’s now ranked a Top-150 player for 2015 recruiting class.
Needless to say, Eubanks represents major coup for the OSU basketball team —and hopefully, his commitment leads to a domino effect for the Beavers.
Visiting OSU this weekend, along with Eubanks, are Tres Trinkle, Stephen Thompson Jr., and Derrick Bruce. All three players are highly-regarded, and Eubanks, Tinkle, and Thompson have already spent time bonding with each other. Tinkle is the son of Wayne Tinkle, and Thompson Jr.’s father, Stephen, is one of Tinkle’s assistants.
Eubanks, combined with even just one of those three players, would give the Beavers a strong foundation for the future. But hey, why not shoot for the stars? The hope is that all four want to team up and lead OSU to the Big Dance.
Either way, Eubanks pledging to the Beavers is a testament to the hard work that Wayne Tinkle and his staff are putting in, as well as the excitement they are creating within the program. Overnight success is unlikely, but landing 2-3 top players, makes a turnaround a lot easier.
Also, one of the things Tinkle stressed since being hired was the need to recruit Oregon and the PNW, and he’s off to a good start with Eubanks. Gaining the trust of in-state coaches can only help the next time there’s a Kevin Love- or Kyle Singler-type out there.
Eubanks’ commitment also could benefit the Beavers baseball team. He’s one of the state’s top players on the diamond — as a pitcher. He’s expressed strong interest in playing both sports at OSU.
How cool would that be? He could be an OSU version of Randy Johnson!