“After reviewing options with my family, I’ve decided to return to Gonzaga,” Timme said. “I am excited to come back to Spokane and continue my collegiate career. I appreciate everything I’ve learned so far from the Gonzaga coaching staff, and look forward to growing my game more. I love playing at GU, being a part of the program, and can’t wait to play in front of the best fans in the country again.”
Timme averaged 19 points and seven rebounds per game last season while shooting an astonishing 65.5 percent from the floor. He won the Karl Malone award and was also named as a consensus second-team All-American.
Although stranger things have happened, the expectation around Spokane largely centered on the return of Timme. His name rarely popped up high enough in the mock draft boards to cause much concern, and the departures of Oumar Ballo and Pavel Zakharov to the transfer portal also suggested a log-jam in the post.
Timme will build upon his amazing sophomore year campaign as one of the most likely preseason Player of the Year candidates. He will be paired in the frontcourt with No. 1 2021 recruit Chet Holmgren, giving the Zags one of the more dangerous and versatile pairs of big men in the country.