Gonzaga star Drew Timme will return for his junior season

SPOKANE, Wash. — Heartbroken by a collapse in the National Championship, there hadn’t been much noise from the Gonzaga men’s basketball team as of late. Today, fans of the program received a jolt of excitement with the announcement that the team’s leading scorer, power forward Drew Timme, will return for his junior season with the program.

Timme considered all of his options since the end of the season; including the possibility of entering the 2021 NBA Draft. Upon further thought, Timme decided that his best route it to return to Gonzaga for another chance to hone his skills and represent the Bulldogs. He released the following statement through the team’s media:

“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.”

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In his sophomore campaign, Timme led the West Coast Conference (WCC) in scoring at 19 points per game on a league-best 65.5 percent shooting from the field. He started in every game he played for Gonzaga, putting up seven rebounds per game while reaching double-digit scoring in 30-of-31 games.

A native of Dallas, TX, Timme received the Karl Malone Award for the nation’s best power forward last season. He also reached the All-West Coast Conference First Team, was named the NCAA Tournament West Regional Most Outstanding Player, earned All-NCAA Tournament Team honors and was a Second-Team All-American.

Timme is an impressive athlete with uncanny shot selection and timing. He can score at all three levels but is at his best when he maneuvers his way to the rim for silky-smooth layups or powerful dunks. Entering next season, Timme will be one of the favorites to be named the National Player of the Year.

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