New Berlin Eisenhower's Timmer commits to Drake University
Senior guard is second Division I recruit in Lions' history
New Berlin Eisenhower senior guard Reed Timmer became the second boys player in Lions' history to commit to a Division I school on Sunday.
Timmer, who will play college ball at Drake University in the fall, joins Matt Dorlack, who attended Eastern Illinois University after graduating in 2007.
Anyone who knows Timmer knows the type of young man he is.
"He told me all along he would play summer ball and when the end of the summer came, he would weigh his options," Ike coach David Scheidegger said.
"He is a very mature young man," he said. "He is very determined and he did exactly that."
Scheidegger said Drake will be getting more than just a good basketball player.
"Drake is getting a heck of a young man who should be a big influence on the program. That's who Reed is. He is an impact guy who just lives his life. He knows what he wants.
"He is a young man you build around. He is a leader who motivates other players."
Academics a plus, too
Scheidegger also spoke about what Drake had to offer in the classroom.
"Reed is an academic person and Drake is a great academic institution," he said. "He made a great choice. He worked very hard to be in this position for this great opportunity.
"I know he's going to run full throttle."
Timmer, the Woodland West Player of the Year last season, had some impressive numbers.
He averaged 24.7 points, shot 50.5 percent and led the team with 3.6 assists, 3.2 steals and an amazing 6.4 rebounds a game. He is Eisenhower's all-time leader in points scored (1,433), including a record 61 in one game.
Many times Timmer carried the team to victory, as he was one of the top clutch players in the area.
Weighing other offers
To no one's surprise, Timmer had several offers to continue his basketball career at the next level.
Timmer, who said he took Drake over Toledo, also received Division I offers from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Illinois-Chicago, Quinnipiac, University of California-Davis, UC-Santa Clara and Ohio.
Timmer said Cornell and Harvard were also interested, but Ivy League schools don't offer scholarships.
Drake, led by head coach Ray Giacoletti, put the full-court press on Timmer. A member of the Bulldogs coaching staff covered all his club games with Ray Allen Select this summer. Timmer said he made up his mind after his official visit to the Des Moines, Iowa, campus.
Timmer, who said he spoke with Giacoletti several times, also had a good relationship with Jeff Rutter, a West Allis Hale graduate and the former head coach at UW-Parkside.
Some people might feel Timmer can now focus on his senior season and not worry about being hassled by recruiters.
"I never worry about Reed's focus," he said. "When it's time to play the game, he steps over the line and he is all about that contest."
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