Washington’s recruitment of New Zealand prospect Sam Timmins began around late February and developed quickly and quietly. A 6-foot-10, 250-pound center, Timmins was not on the radar of any popular recruiting websites, and his name was apparently not familiar in the United States to even the most avid college basketball followers.
So it was with a certain amount of surprise that the Huskies announced Wednesday morning that Timmins, a native of New Zealand’s South Island, had signed a national letter of intent to play for UW beginning in the 2016-17 season.
And it seems UW coach Lorenzo Romar believes the Huskies just signed a significant piece of their future.
In a news release from the school, Romar lauded Timmins as “a rare find. He is a true center who can score on the block and is extremely skilled. Sam will also bring additional physical toughness to our team. We can’t wait for him to get to Seattle.”
In a telephone interview with The News Tribune, Romar expanded on those comments, calling Timmins “a really good passer. He can score it on the block. He’s not extremely athletic, but yet he’s a good shot blocker because he has long arms. He’s a back to the basket (player) but he can also step out and make the midrange jumper. He’s a good rebounder, as well.” Read more »