Drew Timme of Gonzaga has stated that he will return to school for a fourth season after withdrawing from the NBA Draft in 2022. Timme was the first of five players to put their names in the draft hat in April. He had private workouts with a few organizations prior to the NBA draft combine. They also included Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder. Some experts and observers thought he may sneak into the second round or sign as an undrafted free agency with a team. However, others thought another year in college would help him develop as a prospect and athlete.
Drew Timme announced his comeback just 45 minutes before the deadline via tweet:
He was named the second-team All-American in each of the last two seasons, and he was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year last season. Gonzaga went to the national title game in 2021 and received a 1-seed in both NCAA tournament trips during Timme’s three seasons in Spokane.
There was no probability for revival of starters after the removal of Chet Holmgren and Andrew Nembhard. Three Gonzaga starters had confirmed their comeback in the last few days. Rasir Bolton was the first to reveal on Tuesday night, followed by Julian Strawther on Wednesday afternoon.
Gonzaga has a great case for the offseason No. 1 spot now that Timme is back in the squad. Few is trying to bring back former five-star prospects Nolan Hickman and Hunter Sallis. They both performed bench positions in the backcourt last year, along with three returning starters. Anton Watson, a key reserve forward, is also coming to Spokane. Another previous five-star prospect, Efton Reid, was added earlier this spring as protection in case Timme decided to go.
Timme, Strawther, and Bolton all contributed to Bulldogs’ 23rd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.