Gonzaga Bulldogs senior forward Drew Timme will not take advantage of his fifth-year of eligibility, Seth Davis with The Athletic revealed today.
“I’ve done my four years,” Timme told me. “I’m a senior, and I’m moving on.”
Timme maintained that position even when I raised the prospect of the NIL money he could make by coming back. I asked him if there was a number that could make him change his mind. “Hmmm,” he paused. “Why don’t we say $100 million?”
Timme, who will leave the program as the Zags all-time leading scorer barring an absolute catastrophe, will have his one last run in the NCAA Tournament to make a mark on the Zags’ postseason accolades. Timme was a key cog of the Zags 2021 title run (his charge called picked up in the final seconds of regulation is the unsung hero of the game considering Suggs’ make) and one of the bigger personalities to ever grace the Spokane campus, let alone college basketball.
After flirting with departing early last season, Timme has established himself as one of the premier big men in a season full of great big men. He is averaging a career-best 21.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. KenPom ranks him as No. 4 in player of the year, behind Zach Edey, Trayce Jackson-Davis, and Jaime Jaquez.
The mustachioed hero of Gonzaga has done everything he needs to do outside of win a national championship to land on the Mount Rushmore of Gonzaga legends. So enjoy these remaining games folks, because they will be his last in a Gonzaga uniform.