If you tuned in to watch Gonzaga play in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, you probably learned two things: freshman center Chet Holmgren is the potential No. 1 pick in the 2022 N College Cold Weather Jerseys BA Draft and junior forward Drew Timme is the heartbeat of the team.
As scintillating as Holmgren is as a prospect, it was Timme who completely dominated in each of Gonzaga's first two games.
Timme exploded for 32 points and 13 rebounds to defeat Georgia State in the Round of 64 and his second-half surge kept Gonzaga's National Championship hopes alive in it Clarion Golden Eagles Jerseys s Round of 32 comeback win over Memphis. The upperclassmen only had four points in the first half but came out of the break with a different level of energy, pouring in 21 points (! Texas vs. Oklahoma Rivalry Shirts ) in the second half to push the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16.
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So how is it possible that Timme can be as dominant as he is at the collegiate level – even winning West Coast Conference Player of the Year over his projected No. 1 pick teammate Holmgren – yet he is not seen to be a first-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft?
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Drew Timme scouting report: defense
There have been plenty of college basketball stars whose games don't translate perfectly to the NBA level. In recent years, Naismith Player of the Year award winners like Iowa's Luka Garza, Kansas' Frank Mason and Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky have all had trouble producing at anywhere near the same level as they did in college. The same could be said for North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, who has an argument as the greatest college basketball player of all time.
In Timme's case, the space, pace and positionless aspect in today's NBA hurt how his game projects at the next level. At 6-foot-10, 235 pounds with a reported 7-foot wingspan, Timme has the size to defend bigs but he lacks the agility and leaping ability takes Michigan vs. Ohio State Rivalry Gear to prevent NBA-level athletes from scoring around the rim.
Comparing NBA spacing to college basketball spacing is like comparing an ocean to a puddle, and with the way NBA teams continuously hunt mismatches with endless pick-and-rolls to attack another team's weakest defender, Timme's slower foot speed would str Colorado State Rams shirt uggle to keep up with the lightning-fast guards the NBA has to offer.
Don't get me wrong, Timme works his tail off on the defensive end – and in every aspect of the game, really. His effort would never be the problem, but the same could be said for guys like Garza and Hansbrough.
Drew Timme scouting report: offense
What about on the other end?
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Timme is one of the best low-post scorers in the country with smooth footwork and an extremely soft shooting touch. He has everything in his bag of tricks from the block: hook shots with either hand, fadeaways over either shoulder and no one is better at using angles to bank shots off the glass. He can also stretch the floor a bit and knock down 3s.
We saw all of that and more as he practically single-handedly brought Gonzaga back into its game against Memphis la Alabama vs. Auburn Rivalry Gear st weekend.
Timme is a phenomenal college basketball player, he's just not the type of high-ceiling, moldable prospect that NBA teams would use a first-round draft pick on. That doesn't mean he shouldn't get a look at the NBA level, though. A team would be wise to use a second-round pick on a pl Fairleigh Dickinson Florham Devils shirt ayer as crafty and hard-working as Timme.