Through his breakout season in 2020-21, Gonzaga standout Drew Timme separated himself as one of the best players in the college game. So after his sophomore year came to a conclusion back in April, the star Bulldogs forward was tasked with a difficult decision — head to the NBA or return to Spokane for his junior season.
According to CBS college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, Timme has made that decision.
The mustachioed big man will return as the Zags’ centerpiece in 2021.
Drew Timme is returning to Gonzaga next season, per release. Will be the favorite to be National Player of the Year in 21-22.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 26, 2021
Coming off a season where he led his team with 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, Timme will be one of the best returning players in nation. As mentioned by Rothstein, the Gonzaga star will almost certainly be the preseason favorite to win the National Player of the Year award in 2021-22.
He’ll also be joined by the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation. No. 1 overall recruit Chet Holmgren, No. 2 combo guard Hunter Sallis and four-star center Kaden Perry have long been committed to the Zags program. Mark Few’s incoming class got even more stacked just one week ago when No. 5 point guard recruit Nolan Hickman flipped his commitment from Kentucky.
With this elite combo of returning and incoming talent, the Bulldogs should be primed for an equally impressive season in 2021-22.
Will this be the year the Zags finally get over the national-championship hump?