Friday, November 16, 2018

Five-star big man Drew Timme goes for Gonzaga

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Reprint from Corey Evans • BasketballRecruiting.Rivals.com  @coreyevans_10
Gonzaga made a major move with its 2019 class on Wednesday, thanks to the commitment of five-star forward 
. The top 30 senior selected the Bulldogs over AlabamaIllinoisand Texas A&M, kicking off the Early Signing Period on a high note for Mark Few’s program.
“I’m going to be a Gonzaga Bulldog,” Timme told Rivals.com. “The fit and the coaching staff, it is just perfect. They need me, too, so it is not just that they want me but rather they need me. With 
 and   probably going to the league, it is just the perfect fit.”
The idea of doing something different also appealed to Timme.
“I think it is different and with the history and success that they have had, once I went up there, I kind of just knew that, damn, it is a really perfect fit for me. After talking with my family, it just made the most sense with me,” he said. “They have compared me to guys like (Kelly) Olynyk
 and  , just kind of a mix of those guys, and even   a little bit.”
One of the more recruited and coveted prospects in recent months, Timme is one of Few’s greatest wins on American soil on the recruiting trail. A 6-foot-10 power forward who can play a variety of positions in the frontcourt, Timme should fit in seamlessly in Few’s big-man reliant offense. He can shoot, handle, pass and rebound, all of which are elements the Bulldogs have relied upon in their recent frontcourt standouts.
Entering his senior summer as a solid four-star prospect, Timme destroyed his final months on the travel circuit, enhancing his resume as a five-star, national recruit. On the Nike EYBL circuit, the Drive Nation star posted per-game averages of 14.9 points (63 FG percentage), 8.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 blocks.
The signing of Timme only adds further to Gonzaga’s sparkling 2019 class. Next fall, he will be joined by Rivals150 members 
 and  , along with  . The WCC juggernaut may not be done yet, as it is the favorite for  , one of the more coveted international prospects who hails from Mali.



Friday, November 9, 2018

Four-star Corey Walker Jr. drawing interest from coast to coast


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Reprint from Rivals.com



Over the past year, Corey Walker Jr.  has become one of the more highly recruited prospects in the 2020 class. The explosive 6-foot-7 small forward from Florida has programs all over the country making the trip to Jacksonville to see him at his school.

AuburnBaylorFloridaGeorgia TechLouisvilleMichiganUSC and Xavier are among the schools Walker says are in constant contact with him. He took an unofficial visit to Florida earlier in football season and will be back in Gainesville on Friday one more time to see Gators on the hardwood.

Florida: “Florida was great. I like it a lot. They talk about how I can fit in well there and build the team around me. They’ll let me pick some guys I want to play with if I commit there. I like coach (Mike) White a lot. He keeps it real with everybody, and he’s a nice guy.”

USC: “USC is really good. I feel like for the next four or five years they are going to be really good. They are bringing in some big-time recruits.”
Xavier: “I like them. I like the coaches. I like coach Jonas (Hayes). He’s a cool dude. He talks about how I would fit in with the team and the position I’d play.”

RIVALS’ REACTION

At this point in the process, Florida has to be considered the school to beat for Walker. It is the only school that has been able to get the four-star prospect on campus lately, and he speaks highly of White and his program.
Other programs such as Louisville, Xavier and USC have also put in a lot of work with the No. 30 overall prospect in the 2020 Rivals150, and they shouldn’t be counted out. Walker also appears to be pretty open, so it’s still possible for other schools to come into the picture over the next year.