Reed Timmer earns NOW All-Suburban honors
New Berlin Eisenhower guard named to squad for fourth time
New Berlin Eisenhower senior guard Reed Timmer has a list of impressive accomplishments that is as long as one of his deep 3-point shots.
But when asked to look back at an amazing career, Timmer said his most important memory has to do with his teammates and fans.
"I will always remember all the guys, every year it was a different team, a new group," he said. "Getting to know every single one of them. It was so much fun.
"Sure I might circle one game — a Pewaukee or a Whitnall — but there were so many people there. It was a fun atmosphere. Our school was very supportive. I'll never forget that."
One of just 12
For the fourth year in a row, Timmer was named to the NOW All-Suburban Basketball team, one of only 12 players from the 23 teams that we cover.
A first-team Division 2 all-state selection, Timmer is only the 23rd player to score more than 2,000 career points (2,096) in the history of Wisconsin. He ranks just before 2014 State Player of the Year Kevon Looney.
He scored more than 40 points twice, between 30 and 39 points nine times and between 20 and 29 points nine times this year. That adds up to more than 20 games in which he poured in more than 20 points this season, a 27.6 points per game average totaling 663 points.
He shot 43 percent from the 3-point line, 54 percent for 2-point field goals and 51 percent overall. He shot 85 percent from the free throw line.
But he was more than just a scorer, as he averaged 5.4 rebounds per game (129) and finished with 61 steals and 55 assists and he led the team in taking in charges with eight.
"He was a coach's dream," veteran coach Dave Scheidegger said. "He was first at practice, the last to leave. There was no one more competitive. He was a 4.0 student in the class room."
An organized standout
Scheidegger was impressed with Timmer's time management skills.
"He was more organized than anyone because he plays basketball, AAU basketball, lifts in the weight room, comes to open gym, does summer leagues and comes to camps," he said.
"The good ones have their priority set. They organize, manage their time. They have discipline. That's how they get their goals accomplished."
Timmer said he enjoyed playing for Scheidegger for four seasons.
"It was awesome every year. It got better and better," he said. "We knew what each other was thinking. It was a fun ride with him."
As the season went on, defenses began to adjusting to Timmer, putting two players on him, and when he beat those defenders, there was usually a third player waiting to help.
"People gave us different looks," he said. "They would try something to try to get a win. As season went on there were more triangle and twos. It was frustrating at first. But we would figure out a way to beat it."
Scheidegger appreciated how Timmer handled the pressure.
"He still helped his team win; still kept his composure," he said. Most players could not have handled what other coaches threw at him.
"But he stayed above it all because of his poise. Holding, bumping, he was so physically tough to put up with one, two and sometimes three guys waiting for him. It was hard mentally and physically, but he handled it."
Heading to Drake
So while Timmer's prep career is over, he will take his talents to the next level playing at Drake University in the fall and hoping to major in pre-pharmaceuticals or pre-dental.
"I need to get bigger, stronger, better," Timmer said when asked what he needs to do to be successful at the college level. "At least I won't be seeing any box-and-ones."
Eisenhower fans weren't the only ones to appreciate what they had in Timmer.
"He's one of my best friends outside of school," said Brookfield Central senior point guard Riley LaChance. "We played together the last seven years. It was an honor to play with him. We knew where each other would always be. He could score the ball in a variety of ways."
Even other Woodland West coaches knew what the Lions had.
"He has always had an uncanny knack of creating fouls on the opposition, and when he gets to the line, he makes you pay," Wauwatosa West coach Chad Stelse said.
"I have to be honest — I am not sad at all to see Reed graduate this year. I wish him nothing but the best at Drake. I know he will have an outstanding career there."
New Berlin West interim head coach Brian Timmermann also admired what he saw in Timmer.
"For a coach, Reed was a once-in-a-lifetime player," he said. "He was a great player, student, and person at New Berlin Eisenhower.
"He will be a great addition to the Drake basketball program. He has not yet reached his ceiling as a point guard."
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