In the land of Spokane, who has had Big Men with the names of Domantas Sabonis, Jonathan Williams, Killian Tillie, Przemek Karnowski, Kelly Olynyk, Filip Petrusev all in recent seasons they have a guy who is a future All-American, from Richardson, Texas. It is time for you to meet Drew Timme. The now Sophomore held an offer from Duke among many other big-name schools as a Top-50 prospect. This past season he played more of a backup role behind Killian Tillie and Filip Petrusev, he played 20 minutes-per-game last season but was very noticeable when on the floor. During his Freshman Campaign, Timme had 9.8 points and 5.4 rebounds points per game during the Bulldogs great season while being relegated to a backup role. When you watched Timme play last season, you saw a guy with great ability, good defender, with an amazing touch down-low, and at the 6’10” 235-pound frame able to be above smaller forwards, playing along with the Filip Petrusev they both can create matchup nightmares for defenses.
Timme’s only real flaws are his deep-range ability and athleticism, that’s about it but besides that, he has everything you want in a player. He can most definitely have a Luka Garza-type jump this season and become a first-round NBA draftee. If Timme can develop a deep-range game he will be unstoppable for the WCC defenses. His toughest test in WCC play will be against BYU, a team with plenty of size with Matt Haarms, Gavin Baxter, and Kolby Lee. Timme is also extremely efficient, he shot 62% from the field which is extremely efficient. Timme placed 31st in all of College Basketball, in field goal percentage. The damage Timme did in 20 minutes per game, if he plays 32 minutes in a conservative estimate he would have something like 14 points and 8 rebounds per game, but in a high-estimate, I would say an 18 point, 11 rebound average, similar to what Petrusev did last season, and I think they both can put up numbers like that.
I’ve spoken time and time again about how Gonzaga can go undefeated this season and Timme will get much deserved National attention if that takes place. Some have asked me why I think Timme can be an All-American if Petrusev returns and I think they can both be first-team All-Americans here’s my answer. When you have two elite level players who are 6’10″+ down-low play together it’s going to be tough to contain both, early in the season Petrusev will get more attention, likely double-teams which will lead to more opportunities for Timme. Then when the teams realize how good Timme also is they can’t double-team both of them and you have to watch out for Corey Kispert on the wing who’s a 40+% shooter from three, Jalen Suggs who’s an elite-level-scorer as an incoming Freshman, and don’t forget about Joel Ayayi who had 10 points per game last season. Teams will ask how can you stop this team? You can’t really double team guys because there are five great players on the floor at once, then off the bench, you have Aaron Cook, Anton Watson, Julian Strawther and another 7-Footer in Oumar Ballo who can spell Petrusev/Timme when needed and he will force teams to not double-team him either. When you have elite talent everywhere on the floor, some people think it can hinder the individual ceiling of some guys which in some cases it may be true, if they all were playing the same position and not at five different positions. Suggs and Ayayi feeding Petrusev and Timme all season-long will be a sight to see and I for one am super excited to see College Hoops Next Star to breakout.