Drew Timme returns to Spokane
After weeks of deliberation, one of the best to ever play in a Gonzaga jersey decided he wanted one more season in Spokane, as Drew Timme officially announced he was returning to Gonzaga for his senior season. Needless to say, this is huge news for the Zags, as they enter the season with a likely 1st team All-American and potential National Player of the Year.
Most people don’t remember this, but when Timme came to Gonzaga, he wasn’t entering the program as a Top 10 rookie and surefire NBA prospect. Instead, at 247, he was ranked the 57th ranked player in the 2019 class. However, it became pretty clear by the end of his first year that he was going to be a much more productive player than the rankings could indicate.
At the start of his sophomore year, Timme established himself as one of college basketball’s elite players. He was one of the most important plays for one of the most dominant teams in recent college basketball history, helping lead Gonzaga to the national championship game. As a sophomore, he averaged 19 points and seven rebounds per game. He started the season dropping 25 points to Kansas and 28 to Auburn. He continued that play throughout the season, culminating in a 30, 22, 23, and 25-point NCAA Tournament run against Oklahoma, Creighton, USC, and UCLA. USC’s game will always stand out, as their first-half performance, in which they topped Evan Mobley, helped the Zags advance to the 2nd Final Four in program history.
His junior year was filled with more big plays against elite competition. It would be impossible to forget the 37 and 7 he dropped on Texas in Game 2 of the season alone. He followed that up with 18 in a signing win over UCLA and 17 in the close loss to Duke. There was also the run in the WCC game where he dropped 30 over BYU and 32 over Santa Clara, shooting 27/32 from the field in those two games. When the Zags needed him most in March, he also played at a high level, scoring 32 in the win over Georgia St., going 25 and 15 in the win over Memphis and notching another 25 in the win. loss to Arkansas.
Now Timme will have the opportunity to close out one of the richest college basketball careers of the past 20 years. Gonzaga is a very real candidate to enter next season as the number one team in the nation, and Timme will have the opportunity to become a three-time All-American. If he can flash some of the perimeter shooting improvements that were on display at the NBA combine, which Gonzaga will focus on improving, as well as other parts of his game to prepare him for the next level, there’s no reason to think he can’t be a potential Wooden Award winner and help this team lead another special season.