Reed Timmer is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Wisconsin that completed his rookie season with Pro A team Tigers Tuebingen averaging 18,5ppg, 3,4rpg and 3,1apg while shooting 45,8% from outside. 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 at the end of his rookie season.
Reed thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and what will be the first restaurant that you will visit when you get off the plane when you get home?
Thanks for taking the time to talk me I appreciate it! At the moment I am still in Germany and will be going back to the states on April 10th. The first restaurant I will go to when I get off the plane will either be Culver’s or Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Has the NCAA Madness taken your mind off not reaching the playoffs with the Tigers Tuebingen?
Not really, it was tough to come so close to making the playoffs and falling short, but at the end of the day I am going to use it as a learning point and grow from it in the future.
The club wanted to get back to the easyCredit BBL. How did you experience this season in Tuebingen with the team and fans? Is the disappointment high that the BBL won’t be back next season for the team?
The club, team and fans were really great to me. I enjoyed playing in this city in front of their fans and it gave me great experience for my career. The club definitely wanted to get back to the BBL this year but I think they learned a lot this year about how to make that happen in the upcoming years.
One can say it was a tale of two seasons for the Tigers Tuebingen. In 2018 things didn’t go well, but with the arrival of Georg Kampf in mid January the team was reborn. What was your summary of the season of Tuebingen?
When Georg came in for the second half of the season, our team really pulled together and got things rolling. It took us a while to learn how to play together with all new players on the team. We definitely had a lot of ups and downs in the season and we ended up coming one game short of the playoffs. Overall I thought it was a positive experience for me personally and glad my first season as a pro was in Tuebingen.
Before Georg Kampf came on board the club had a disappointing record of 7-11. What do you feel were the main reasons then for the club not being able to have more success?
We had all new players so I think it took us some time to get used to playing to everyone’s strengths. Frustration was high, but we were doing everything we could to try and turn it around.
Ex head coach Aleksandar Nadjfeji was a legend in the BBL as a player and had had coaching experience as an assistant. Last season he had misfortune of not keeping Tuebingen in the BBL and this season he was let go. Is he one of those classic examples of a guy that is simply better suited to be an assistant than a head coach?
With this being my first season as a pro, its difficult for me to compare and say whether or not he is better suited for a certain job. I though Sasa was a great guy and I always respected his coaching skills as he helped me in many ways. I wish him nothing but the best in the future whether that be in a head coaching position or an assistant position.
Head coach Georg Kampf is one of those coaches that is very hard nosed, won’t take crap from anyone and has his own way of getting his message across. How vital was his presence for the turnaround of the team?
His hard nosed style I think was huge for our team in turning the season around. Everyone respected his strategy and played hard for him and it ended up being a favorable season once he took over.
What do you feel changed with the arrival of Georg Kampf? The team defended better, but also had games where they gave up many points and the offense seemed to score more.
He changed our offense and defense in little ways that I think helped us. Encouraged us to score as much as we could and playing ball screens differently on defense helped us.
Do you feel like if Georg Kampf had been brought in a month earlier that you would have made the playoffs or did the late season loses against PS Karlsruhe and the Artland Dragons cost you the season.
Its hard to tell whether or not we would’ve made the playoffs if he came in earlier. So I don’t know exactly what would have happened or if it would have been better.
Obviously the Tigers Tuebingen want to get back to the BBL as soon as possible. Despite not having been able to accomplish it this season, what positives did the season bring the organization?
I think the organization showed resilience in the face of adversity and showed that they will never give up no matter the circumstances. That is something that I have a lot of respect for.
Let’s talk about your teammates. What did you appreciate most from American Elijah Allen? Was he a guy that gave you not only tips on the court, but also about the German culture?
My teammates were awesome in making me feel comfortable in my first season overseas. He was great both on and off the court with giving me tips and tricks to enjoying my time over here. I can’t thank him enough for that.
Even if the team didn’t make the playoffs, how did the young guys profit most from 30 year old veteran Tyler Laser? What player do you feel gained the most from his presence?
Tyler helped me a lot too. He helped me develop good habits and pushed me every day in practice to get better. I feel like I honestly gained the most from his presence this year.
German Besnik Bekteshi has been around for ages, but is only 26 years old. How did his game develop further and is he still a guy that could make more of an impact in the BBL down the road?
Besnik is a great guy and a great player. He never makes the wrong decision and defends hard. He found his role on our team and did it very well game in and game out.
German Enosh Wolf had a very strong season. One could say his break out season as a professional. How did you see the NCAA champion develop further this season and is he a late bloomer and still talented enough for another BBL run?
He really showed to everyone this season that he can play at a very high level consistently. I think our team’s style of play helped his game a lot and it showed. I think he can definitely play and make an impact on the BBL level.
How raw is Nemanja Nadjfeji? You saw him play every day. Did the absence of his father affect him or is he still on a good way as he continues to develop as a player?
Nemanja is a really talented young player. He works hard every day and I think the absence of his father affected him a little bit, but he handled it really well overall. I think he will continue to get better year after year and he has a lot of potential.
Let’s talk about your game. You had a very good rookie season in Germany averaging 18,4ppg, 3,4rpg and 3,2apg and shot 45% from outside. How content were you with your season?
I was very pleased with how I played personally this year. I managed to become more and more consistent as the season went on and I was happy with my percentages. I am never content however, I always want to get better and improve year after year.
What was the toughest adjustment for you on the court coming from the NCAA in the Pro A?
The adjustments I had to make were adapting to the strength of the pro players, speed of the game with the shorter shot clock, and knowing where my spots are to score and how to get them game in and game out.
In our first interview last summer, you stated this about your game. ‘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’. What kind of further step were you able to make as a rookie with the balance between being aggressive and making the right decisions?
Just playing more games at a high level helped me recognize what decisions to make and the more I play and get experience the more I will improve.
In our last interview you stated ‘Passion and competitiveness are huge parts of who I am’. How tough was your rookie season in terms of not always having success? How were you able to stay positive and focused best?
I have always been a guy that never gets too high or too low. I went though some tough seasons in college so that definitely helped, and I just had to remind myself to continue to put the work in and everything will balance out in the end.
What was your personal favorite game experience as a rookie? Possibly the 23/5/10 stat line in the win against the Artland Dragons?
That game was definitely fun, I would either say that game or my first game at home as a pro when I scored 33 points and our team won.
Who was the toughest player that you battled against in the Pro A in your rookie season?
The toughest player that I battled against is tough to say. A few guys that come to mind are Tevonn Walker and Sharon Ely.
What is the next step for you? I’m sure you will get good offers from Pro A playoff teams and possibly some BBL teams. Would Germany be a big option on your list or could you imagine taking on a new challenge and culture in another country?
I am not sure exactly what is next to me. I am looking forward to seeing what opportunities come in the next few months. I enjoyed my time in Germany and wouldn’t be opposed to playing in Germany again, but I have a completely open mind going into this off season regarding where I will go next.
You have a long summer ahead of you. On what things will you be working on most in the basketball lab as you get ready for that next opportunity?
I want to continue to work on my shot both from 3 and the mid range, getting quicker and stronger as well as trying to play against /workout with other pros to learn from them.
Please name your five all-time best teammates in college and pro’s
Five of my best teammates in college and the pros are Enosch Wolf, CJ Rivers, Graham Woodward, Casey Schlatter and Aaron Brennan.
It’s still so early, but when all is said and done could Luka Doncic be one of the greatest Europeans that ever played in the NBA?
I think he definitely has the talent to do so. Only time will tell but I am looking forward to watching his career and seeing what he can do.
What was your reaction when you heard that Lebron James named himself the greatest of all-time?
The greatest of all time debate will always be a changing one. I think if I was him I would say the same thing.
Charles Barkley recently proclaimed that Tom Brady Is more of a GOAT than Michael Jordan. Do you share his opinion?
I think Michael Jordan is more of a GOAT than Tom Brady
Tom Brady won sixth Super Bowl. Where will he be if he wins a seventh next season?
His legacy is unmatched already so any other super bowls that he wins will further cement in his hall of fame career.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was Bohemian Rhapsody
Thanks Reed for the chat.