Oregon State is expected to name Montana’s Wayne Tinkle as its next coach, according to the Oregonian.
He has a 158-91 record during his eight seasons with the Grizzlies, including three NCAA tournament appearances.
Oregon State reportedly considered Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins, Arizona assistant Damon Stoudamire, former UCLA coach Ben Howland, former California assistant Travis DeCuire and former Portland Trail Blazers star Terry Porter.
Tinkle replaces Craig Robinson, who was fired after compiling a 94-105 record (39-69 Pac-12) during six seasons.
MONDAY NOTES AND LINKS:
— This weekend’s self-imposed deadline passed without Lincoln High standout Ahmaad Rorie making an announcement on his college choice. The four-star point guard is believed to have offers from Washington, Washington State, Missouri and Wichita State. There’s a chance he’s also considering Oregon. The signing period ends Wednesday.
— Garfield High star Tramaine Isabell said he’s plans to take a trip to Auburn and Providence. The three-star point guard who received his release from Washington State is arranging other visits.
— If Tinkle takes the job at Oregon State, then DeCuire, a former star point guard at Montana, could be the leading candidate for the Grizzlies job.
— Former USC guard Byron Wesley transferred to Gonzaga. The 6-5 guard averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season as a junior. Wesley is expected to be immediately eligible. He joins a loaded Zags team that includes senior guards Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr., junior center Przemek Karnowski and Kentucky transfer Kyle Wiltjer.
— C.J. Wilcox made a strong impression at the NBA combine.
— According to Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony, Wilcox was the top spot-up shooter at the combine. Here’s his official measurements. Turns out, he’s 6-3 1/2 without shoes. He also tied for the 11th highest vertical jump (37.5 inches) at the combine. Wilcox was never considered a high-flyer, but his vertical jump ties former UW teammate Terrence Jones (2012) and former Oregon star Fred Jones (2002). Ross and Jones were NBA slam-dunk champions.