Now that his basketball season is over, coveted four-star prospect Brad Tinsley was able to trim his school list to seven schools on Thursday since his baseball game was rained out.
The seven left standing for the 6-foot-3, 180-pound combo guard out of Oregon City High School are Arizona State, Butler, North Carolina, Oregon, USC, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. All have offered but North Carolina.
"Brad wanted to leave North Carolina on the list because there is a chance that something could happen," said Tinsley's father Carl Tinsley. "They are still waiting to see who goes pro, and Coach Williams doesn't want to promise anything he can't deliver and Brad doesn't want to be in a situation where he's not going to play, either. Two assistants have watched him and Coach Williams has seen him on tape."
Butler is another school that is on the bottom of the list.
"Brad really likes Butler's style and wants to talk more with them," said Carl Tinsley. "They have four starting seniors so some playing time is there. He has been recruited hard by (Assistant) Coach Graves, but he hasn't spoke with Coach Stevens yet."
Working up the list, Arizona State comes next. There are no plans to visit Arizona State, but there are some aspects of the Sun Devils' program that are intriguing to Tinsley.
"He really likes (Assistant) Coach Taylor," said Carl Tinsley. "Coach Taylor has watched him a lot and Coach Sendek is doing a good job there. But Arizona State doesn't play as fast as Brad would like to play."
Before Tinsley commits to visit USC, he will go through an in-home visit with Coach Floyd first. An assistant from USC will check out Tinsley this weekend at an open gym, and then Coach Floyd will make the trip up to Oregon City sometime after April 1st when in-home visits become permissible.
Nearby Oregon has already had Tinsley on campus a couple times.
"Oregon offered Brad the first time around, but this time it is a little different," said Carl Tinsley. "The first time they offered him as a shooting guard, but this time they want him as a point guard. This makes them more interesting to Brad. He wants to utilize his passing skills and feel for the game as a point guard. Since he's already been there enough, he doesn't feel like he needs to visit again."
Vanderbilt and Wake Forest are the two schools scheduled to host Tinsley in April. Vanderbilt will host Tinsley the second weekend of April, and then Wake Forest will host him two weeks later.
"Apparently Brad is willing to leave the west coast," said Carl Tinsley. "And playing the point is appealing. Brad is capable of playing fast and making good decisions on the move. He can also give it up in the half court and then come off screens as a scorer. That's what makes him so valuable. He is a true combo guard who excels at both positions."
Tinsley, the No. 93 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, led his high school team to the state championship game for the first time since the 1940's. Although they came up short, Tinsley pumped in 30 points in the seven point loss to Portland Grant High School.