Missoula’s Tres Tinkle signs professional basketball contract in Italy
MISSOULA – Tres Tinkle took his basketball skills abroad.
The Missoula native and Hellgate High graduate recently signed a professional basketball contract with Vanoli Cremona of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A, or LBA, the highest level of professional basketball in Italy.
The club announced Tinkle’s signing on August 18.
Montana two-time player of the year Gatorade has played four games with Vanoli Cremona, 1-3 to start the season. Tinkle started all four games, averaging 13.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 27.8 minutes per game. Tinkle is 15 for 26 on the ground and 6 for 16 at depth.
The 6-foot-7 Tinkle, who has played primarily as a goalie and a forward throughout his basketball career, is listed as a forward on the roster, but is also listed as the starting center for Vanoli Cremona. in their alignment.
Tinkle’s move to Italy marks his first appearance in professional basketball abroad. Tinkle played for the Los Angeles Lakers Summer League earlier in August after playing for the 905 Raptors, the Toronto G League affiliate, earlier in 2021.
Tinkle led Hellgate to the Class AA State Championship in 2013 and played college basketball in Oregon State for his father, former Montana men’s basketball coach and trainer Wayne Tinkle. There, Tres Tinkle became the school’s all-time leading scorer in the men’s program with 2,233 career points.