The Gonzaga Bulldogs’ Class of 2019 is one of the best in school history, and it also showcased an impressive jump in the recruitment battle when the Zags landed Texas big man Drew Timme.
The Zags incoming class is loaded to the brim with foreign-born players, nothing new there. Timme is a step in a direction that we, as fans, have been clamoring for, and growing (understandably) visibly frustrated about.
Timme is ranked as the No. 43 player, the Zags highest-ranked recruit in 2019 by a few spots. Watching his style of play and you see one of the prototypical Gonzaga big men. He isn’t going to wow you with his athleticism, but he will more than make up for it with his overall feel for the post.
Drew Timme is a problem.... pic.twitter.com/9cheV6LdiL— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 27, 2019
His basketball IQ extends to the rest of the offensive game as well. Timme is a fantastic passer for a big man, and you are just as likely to see a highlight reel of an assist as you are a highlight reel of a dunk.
The Zags are going to need his production immediately. Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura are now in the NBA. The phenomenal frontcourt of last year now consists of “veteran” Filip Petrusev and (hopefully, eventually, a healthy) Killian Tillie. Although Timme will have plenty of help with Pavel Zakharov, Anton Watson, and possibly Oumar Ballo, Timme might be the player best established to lean on the heaviest in the early portion of the season.
Timme is a veteran for the college circuit by now. He was a McDonald’s All-American nominee. He was the MVP of his high school district. He averaged 17.8 points and 10 rebounds per game during the Peach Jam in 2018.
His Peach Jam performance earned him the interest of virtually every NCAA school with a breathing coach ready to make an offer. Assistant Coach Brian Michaelson landed the big fish, against steep competition from every school in Texas, Arizona, Florida, and Michigan State, among others.
On an exciting team chalk full of exciting players, Timme has the chance to make himself the fan favorite solely based off his commentary alone.
Drew Timme is a fun as heck player. The Bulldogs are a young team, but he’ll make them as entertaining as possible to watch.