Oregon State sophomore forward Tres Tinkle hopes to be cleared to return to the team after a doctor’s appointment on Thursday, according to Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports. Tinkle broke his foot near the end of the 2015-2016 regular season back in March.
He was cleared to begin running in September while he noted at the time that he did not expect to miss any time once the team returns to practice. With a full clearance on Thursday, that may well be true.
According to Tinkle, the broken foot he suffered in March is the product of a stress fracture he had in the preseason that never fully healed. His extended down time with this foot injury suggests that he is being a bit more cautious this time around.
As a freshman, the 6-8 forward plated 27.7 minutes per game and averaged 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. He also shot over 36 percent from beyond the arc. With the departure of Gary Payton II, Tinkle is the team’s returning leader in points, rebounds and steals.
Oregon State made the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time in 26 years, but were upset by No. 10 VCU in the Round of 64. They return a young team for the 2016-2017 season with 12 of the team’s 14 players in either their first or second year of the program. That isn’t itself a huge problem for the strength of the program as, over the past two seasons, they have added five four-star recruits, including Tinkle.
He is notably the son of Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle.