Gonzaga Bulldogs junior big man Drew Timme has declared for the 2022 NBA Draft but will maintain his college eligibility. He has been one of college basketball’s best big men for two straight seasons now. His final college game would be a loss in the 2022 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 to the Arkansas Razorbacks. Timme if he were to get drafted this year it would likely be in the second round of the 2022 NBA Draft. The spot would need to be high enough to justify leaving school after three years. This is a good chance to see how NBA teams view him.
Gonzaga star Drew Timme declares for the NBA Draft. https://t.co/WuZcSj18KV
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 7, 2022
This year with the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Drew Timme averaged 18.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. The junior big man led the team in points per game, was second in rebounds per game, and was second in assists per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 58.6 percent and a three-point percentage of 28.6 percent. It seems likely that he will return for his senior season, but the NBA Draft process could shake out several different ways.
Drew Timme’s dad, Matt, confirms in text message that Drew is represented by NCAA certified agents, meaning he keeps the option of testing the NBA waters and returning for his senior season.
The early entry withdrawal deadline for underclassmen is June 1st.
— Jim Meehan (@SRJimm) April 8, 2022
Players like Drew Timme would have probably headed to the NBA with a second-round grade, but NIL deals allow for things to be a bigger decision for fringe draft picks. That being said if he can get drafted as high as he wants then he will probably be headed to the NBA this year.