No. 2: Tres Tinkle
As I stated at the beginning, this may come down to a two-man race. Tinkle is the most complete forward in the Pac-12 in almost every capacity, and he has three Player of the Week awards in his time with the Beavers to prove it. The leading scorer for an Oregon State team in the middle of the hunt for a first-round bye come Pac-12 tournament time in Las Vegas, his 20.8 points per game fall just behind Washington State’s Robert Franks for the top spot.
His value for the Beavers is just amazing, as he’s leading the team in four major categories: points, assists, rebounds, and steals. If that’s not enough, he’s in the top-ten in the conference for all of those categories as well. Once considered an injury risk, Tinkle missed sizeable chunks of his first two season at Oregon State. However, after going down with an ankle scare against Oregon in the first game of conference play, Tinkle has showed his toughness and ability to play through the pain, ending the night with a line of 28/8/4.
Tinkle will have to continue at the clip he’s playing at, and continue moving the Beavers towards the top of the Pac-12 standings if he wants a chance at the Player of the Year title. If his 31-point performance against Utah was any indication of where things are headed, this will likely come down to the very end of the season.