On Monday, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle landed a huge commitment. Class of 2017 four-star shooting guard Ethan Thompson pledged to play for the Beavers.
It’s a commitment that will reinforce a family identity at Oregon State.
Thompson will play for his father Stephen—an assistant on Tinkle’s staff—and alongside his brother, Stephen Jr.
The family vibe is not just contained to the Thompsons. Tinkle also has his son, Tres, on the roster. The star power from the Tinkle and Thompson families could lead to great things down the line for the Beavers.
Thompson spoke about that family feel at Oregon State with Evan Daniels of Scout.com.
“I did my best to just look at that as a bonus and look at the school in terms of how it would best fit me,” Thompson said (via Scout.com). “My dad and brother being there is something to add on, with what is a great situation already.”
I would like to congratulate my son Ethan Thompson on his commitment to Oregon State University. I am proud of you. Keep up the good work.
— Stephen Thompson (@thomps_32) September 20, 2016
Oregon State is coming of its finest season in a long time — the Beavers advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 26 years. Tinkle, Thompson and the rest of the staff are clearly working with a lot of momentum as they try to sustain the success they have recently enjoyed on the court.
Make no mistake, Thompson could be a program-changing recruit. Once he teams up with Tres Tinkle (who averaged a healthy 13.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a freshman last season) and his brother (who averaged a solid 10.6 points per game), the Beavers can start thinking about making a run at Pac-12 titles and deep runs in the NCAA Tournament.
Thompson, a 6-4, 170-pound shooting guard from Torrance, California (Bishop Montgomery High School), is rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports. The site ranks him the No. 49 prospect in the 2017 class and the 12th-best shooting guard in the country. 247Sports also regards Thompson as the sixth-best basketball player in the state of California.
Like his father (who was a star player under Jim Boeheim at Syracuse), the younger Thompson is very athletic. He is great in traffic and is a fantastic finisher. With fine handles and a solid jumper to boot, Thompson can thrive in open-court and half-court situations.
Thompson will give Tinkle another major scorer by the time he takes the court next fall. Ethan will join other four-star talents — his brother Stephen Jr., the aforementioned Tinkle, center Drew Eubanks (all of whom will be juniors in the 2017-18 season), and point guard JaQuori McLaughlin (an incoming freshman).
The core of Thompson squared, Tinkle, Eubanks and McLaughlin could transform the Beavers from an already solid group to a team that can do major damage in the years to come.
It’s been a while since Oregon State has basked in the glow of NCAA Tournament success. Oregon State hasn’t advanced to the Sweet 16 since 1982. In fact, 1982 was the last time the Beavers won an NCAA Tournament game. If the aforementioned nucleus sticks together, Oregon State could dream big in the 2017-’18 season.
After the success Tinkle had in developing Gary Payton II the last two years, he has a lot more to sell to recruits these days. Recruiting elite talent to Corvallis has always been a major hindrance to the coaches that came before Tinkle, but with a family-style atmosphere to sell, Tinkle is changing all that.
With more on-court success anticipated in the coming years, expect the snowball effect run its course and bring in more significant recruits in the future.
With the Tinkle/Thompson family connection making Corvallis a hip place to play, Oregon State and its fans can expect good things down the road.