Miami switch Timberlake commits to Memphis
Former Miami wing Earl Timberlake, one of many prime school basketball transfers this spring, has dedicated to play at Memphis subsequent season, he introduced Thursday.”I felt like I can be taught lots from [coach] Penny Hardaway — all he is executed in his profession,” Timberlake mentioned to ESPN. “I like the way in which they defend, they’ve the No. 1-ranked protection within the nation. I can add to that. I like how they see my sport. They know I can cross and so they’ll assist me get again to defending the way in which I do know I can defend and attempt to win a nationwide championship. I admire everybody for recruiting me and I’ll do my greatest at Memphis.”Timberlake entered the season as a projected first-round NBA draft choose, however handled ankle and shoulder accidents all season and performed in solely seven video games.”I am returning residence to D.C. this weekend, and my shoulder rehab begins Monday,” Timberlake mentioned. “I am taking a look at a month of rehab and I needs to be superb by the summer season with no surgical procedure. I am praying the whole lot goes properly.” He picked Memphis over a listing of faculties that included Gonzaga, LSU, Windfall, Georgetown and Seton Corridor, he informed ESPN.Timberlake averaged 9.three factors, 5.zero rebounds and a pair of.four assists in seven video games this season, and can look to regain his NBA draft inventory and pre-college expectations.”Penny Hardaway, being an enormous guard within the NBA helps lots. I really feel I can be taught lots,” he mentioned. “He sees me as a flexible, do-everything participant who can play on and off the ball and guard a number of positions. He was very personable all through the recruiting course of. We grew up equally. I can relate to him fairly a bit.”The Tigers defeated Mississippi State within the NIT championship on the finish of March, successful 11 of their closing 13 video games with a younger roster that included no seniors in Hardaway’s third season.Memphis expects to see fairly a little bit of roster upheaval within the offseason, with 4 gamers (Boogie Ellis, Damion Baugh, Jordan Nesbitt and D.J. Jeffries) having entered the switch portal. Freshman middle Moussa Cisse has declared for the NBA draft however has not employed an agent.Hampton wing Davion Warren, the main scorer within the Massive South at 21.2 factors per sport, dedicated to Memphis final week. Memphis additionally has three highschool gamers dedicated within the ESPN prime 100: ahead Josh Minot, wing John Camden and massive man Sam Ayomide. The Tigers will look so as to add one or two extra gamers by way of the switch portal, a supply informed ESPN.”I do know that among the gamers transferred,” Timberlake mentioned. “It does not matter who’s there and who’s leaving. The gamers I talked to on the roster wish to win. They’re coming off an NIT championship and wish to win massive. They noticed how Baylor defended within the nationwide championship sport. I feel I might help them lots on that aspect of the ball. They only wish to win.”Jonathan Givony is an NBA draft professional and the founder and co-owner of DraftExpress.com, a non-public scouting and analytics service utilized by NBA, NCAA and worldwide groups.