Reed Timmer is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Wisconsin that is starting his professional basketball career in Germany with Pro A team Tigers Tuebingen. He had a stellar four year career at Drake where he left the school as it´s all-time leading scorer passing an ex Tuebingen player Josh Young. IN his senior year at Drake, he played 32 games averaging19.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 87.9%. He spoke to germanhoops.com earlier in the summer about basketball.
Reed thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been coming along?
At the moment I am training at Drake University with their team. I have been training with them along with trainers I have back in Wisconsin so it has been a great summer so far. I have been able to see a lot of friends and family recently that I haven’t seen in a while which made me happy.
Congrats on signing with the Tigers Tuebingen. How soon did you know into your four year career at Drake that you not only wanted to be a professional one day, but had the abilities to become a professional? Possibly hitting Bowling Green for back to back 16 point games in your first two freshman games?
I knew that I wanted to be a pro pretty early on in my college career when I figured out I could have a lot of success in the NCAA. I knew that if I could compete with some of the best college players in the U.S., I could find a spot on a pro team once my collegiate career ended. There was not necessarily a single moment or game when I figured it out, it was just a thought that grew more realistic as I kept playing.
How tough was the decision for you to turn professional now instead of finishing up your pharmacy requirements? What are you most looking forward to as a professional player?
It was a very tough decision for me, probably the toughest one in the whole process. I still have 2 years left in pharmacy requirements, but Drake University and its faculty allowed me to pause my progress in the program to pursue this opportunity, so I took it. I am most looking forward to being a part of a team and a new culture that is different than college. Playing basketball as a job is something that I have always dreamed about and now it is coming true.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it´s basketball. Did you know coming in that Drake has sent many guys to Germany to play and that Josh Young had some successful years with the Tigers?
I have only heard positive things about Germany and its basketball. I know that the fans are very passionate and love basketball and I know Germany is a great country with a lot of different and fun things to do. It has a lot of great traditions and cities that I cannot wait to explore and be apart of. I knew that many guys that played at Drake have played in Germany and all have been pretty successful. Josh has been a great guy to talk to about the process and what it is like over there.
Going into the summer and after having a very successful career at Drake, how did you experience your first summer transfer period? Did you have ample offers and how competitive was it working together with your agent Gerrit of Scorers First and finding the right fit?
My first summer transfer period was definitely different to what I am normally used to. Gerrit was a huge help with the whole process and gave me great advice on how to handle everything. I cannot thank him enough for what he has done for me. I had a few offers from different countries but I trusted Gerrit’s judgment in finding the right fit with the Tigers.
Does the fact that you broke Josh Young´s scoring record at Drake give you extra confidence that you will be able to make an impact with the Tigers considering Young has had a very solid career in Germany?
I don’t think breaking Josh’s scoring record has much to do with success at the pro level. Playing at the same level he did in college gives me some level of confidence that I can make an impact on the same level that he has for so long.
What in the end sold you on signing with the Tigers Tuebingen. Did the combination of being very ambitious which you both share as they want to return back to the BBL help make your decision?
In the end, I knew that the Tigers had a great history of winning and were going to be playing at a high level this upcoming year. I think the basketball in Germany is very good and I think it will be a good fit for my game. Getting back to the BBL is definitely a goal and I think I can be a part of making that happen.
Let´s talk about your game. What really stands out at first is that you can really score the ball, but also know how to fill up the stat sheet. What other strengths do you have that wouldn´t qualify you as a one dimensional player?
Besides scoring and being able to fill up the stat sheet, I think my leadership and confidence along with being a high basketball IQ player would qualify me as more than just a one dimensional player. I believe being really strong mentally is vital to being a successful player at any level and I have that ability.
You’re a guy that can flat out score and have a lethal shot. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit your style?
I think the player in the NBA who would best fit my style would be Goran Dragic. His ability to score, pass and handle a team is very comparable to what I bring to the table. He is a very smart and effective player that I really like to watch and model my game after.
You once stated that there are three aspects to scoring. Attacking the rim, free throws and perimeter shooting. You stated you want to be aggressive, but stay under control. How much of a challenge is it for you being aggressive, but under control and what has been your secret to success besides having good discipline?
It definitely took me some time to be able to find the balance between being aggressive but doing it under control and being able to make the right decision. The more I play and get experience the easier it becomes. There isn’t a specific secret, but not pre-determining what you are going to do is very important and having a number of different moves/skills helps to be able to counter what the defense throws at you.
You played 125 NCAA games for Drake and scored in double figures in 102 games which is incredibly consistent and had only 9 games in your last three seasons where you didn´t score in double figures. How important has your passion and competitiveness been for your consistent game?
Passion and competitiveness are huge parts of who I am. I love to compete whether that is in a game, practice, or just shooting around in the gym in my free time. Being consistent is a result of putting in the necessary work in the off season and during practice to see it pay off during the games. That, along with having the mental ability to adjust game in and game out helped me achieve 102 games in double figures.
What were your fondest memories of Drake on and off the court. The teams didn´t win any titles, but what really did you get most out of the Drake experience on and off the court?
My best memory, by far, throughout my years at Drake were the relationships I built with my teammates and coaches. Those guys are like family to me and I would never trade them for anything. I enjoyed going to practice and competing with those guys every day and then going to hangout with them after. I always enjoyed winning on the road in terms of on the court memories. It is such a tough thing to do in the NCAA so every time we were able to do it I had an absolute blast.
You had so many great games and memories, but what was your biggest personal highlight? Possibly your 39 point explosion against Indiana State or in the next game your 4 point play buzzer beater against Missouri State?
My biggest personal highlight would have to be winning on the road against Missouri State and hitting the 4 point play buzzer beater to defeat them. My 39 points at home against Indiana State was also an awesome memory as well as being able to take Drake to their first post season game in over 10 years.
You never had problems making an adjustment to having a new coach as you had three in four years at Drake. How did head coach Niko Medved give you that last vital touch in helping groom and prepare you for a professional career in your senior year?
I went through 3 coaches in 4 years at Drake and was able to function well with each of them. Niko did such a great job with not only me but our whole team in instilling confidence in us as well as strategically putting us all in the right position to be successful. He knew my strengths and was able to call certain plays and run a certain offense that I functioned very well in and it made our team successful.
Who won a one on one in practice you or De Antae Mcmurray?
I did not play a lot of one on one last year but I would say I won the majority of one on one games against him.
You played against so many great players at the NCAA level, but which player was your toughest opponent that is in the NBA now?
The toughest player that I had to play against that is in the NBA right now would be Fred Van Vleet.
How does your 2018 summer work out plan look like? On what things will you be working on most so you will be fully prepared for your rookie season?
My workout plan has just been lifting 4 days a week, conditioning 2/3 times a week and basketball workouts every day. I have been trying to improve my quickness, extending my range and getting more efficient with different types of finishes.
If you had to construct your very own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick old or new?
I would choose Lebron James, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Magic Johnson.
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate about who is better Lebron or Jordan?
I think you cannot truly compare the two because they played in two different eras. The NBA today is drastically different than it was back when Jordan played. I think Jordan was a better killer in terms of scoring and competitiveness, but I think Lebron has a better overall game and is a better overall player. I am of course biased because I have been able to watch Lebron all my life and never got to watch Jordan.
Tracy Mcgrady said that the Boston Celtics will be the Golden State Warriors of the future. Do you see that happening?
I do not see that coming true because the Celtics best players have drastically different games than the Warriors players do. The Celtics could be the best team in the east for a long time but the Warriors are more talented and have more experience playing with each other.
Deandre Ayton was the #1 NBA draft pick in 2018. Do you feel that from sheer talent and experience that Luca Doncic should have been the real #1 draft pick?
I think that Luca has more experience against NBA like players and has a very high level of skill. I think Deandre Ayton was a better fit for what the Suns needed which is why he went #1 overall, although talent wise, Luca very well could have been #1.
How did you follow the 2018 NBA Draft? How cool is it having two Germans being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers?
I watched the whole first and second round. I think the 2 Germans that were selected by the Lakers will have a great chance to be successful pieces for them and will be able to help Lebron win some games
. Lebron James makes amazing passes in every game, but really showcased it in a game this season against the Los Angeles Lakers. He already is like a point guard, but if he played just point guard and concentrated only on playmaking how many assists do you feel would he average per game?
If he was surrounded by a lot of shooters and playmakers, definitely could average over 10 assists a game if he decided to play more of a point guard role.
What was the last movie that you saw? Let me guess Black Panther?
Although I did see Black Panther and thought it was outstanding, the last movie I saw was Deadpool 2.
Thanks Reed for the chat.