Both Vanderbilt and Wake Forest had a need for a versatile guard like Brad Tinsley. And Friday night Tinsley, 6-foot-3, 180-pounds from Oregon City (Ore.) High School, picked his future school.
I really felt comfortable with the coaches and players at Vanderbilt," Tinsley said. "Not that I didn't at Wake Forest. It just seemed like a little better fit at Vanderbilt."
Tinsley, who previously signed with Pepperdine before being released from his Letter of Intent, has the opportunity for major minutes at Vanderbilt, who only returns one scholarship guard with playing experience.
"The opportunity to start wasn't the deciding factor, but it meant a lot to me," he said. "That is what you want to do- be out on the court playing."
It is still up in the air as to what position Tinsley will play, but he is focused earning the nod at point guard.
"I'll play a little of both positions," he said. "It really just comes down to the practices and figuring out who fits where. But point guard is the position I want to play."
Tinsley joins a Vanderbilt recruiting class that will likely fall just outside of the top ten in the post spring signing period rankings. He is one of four four-star prospects, including Jeff Taylor, Lance Goulbourne and Steve Tchiengang, who will be counted on heavily next year.
The No. 94 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, Tinsley lead his high school team to a runner up finish in the state tournament.