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Kansas basketball receives dedication from Towson sharp-shooter Nick Timberlake


Pittsburgh’s Jamarius Burton, left, reacts as Towson’s Nicolas Timberlake (25) grabs the ball after a foul was known as in opposition to Towson through the second half of an NCAA faculty basketball sport Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh received 63-59. (AP Picture/Keith Srakocic)

The Kansas males’s basketball program picked up its first dedication from the switch portal on Wednesday night time, with Towson guard Nick Timberlake selecting the Jayhawks.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior combo guard introduced his resolution on his Instagram and Twitter pages, posting a photograph of himself and his dad and mom, with a second picture of him in a blue, No. 25 Kansas jersey standing in a sunflower subject amidst 4 nationwide championship trophies.

Within the blue sky behind all of it is the phrase, “Dedicated” in all caps, with the caption studying, “Rock Chalk Child.”

Timberlake entered the portal when it opened on March 15 and he was in Lawrence for an official go to by Easter weekend.

He additionally visited Connecticut final weekend and revealed final Sunday that it was “resolution week,” however he didn’t tip his selection or his announcement date whereas doing so. Timberlake additionally visited North Carolina through the switch portal course of.

Often called a gifted offensive participant, Timberlake shot 45.5% from the ground final season, together with 41.6% from 3-point vary on 92 makes in 221 makes an attempt. He additionally shot 85% on the free throw line.

Kansas coach Invoice Self has stated all through the previous few weeks that KU wanted so as to add capturing and measurement, and Timberlake brings each to the roster.

With the departures of Jalen Wilson, Gradey Dick, Joe Yesufu and the anticipated departure of Kevin McCullar Jr., the Jayhawks will likely be seeking to exchange 206 of their 251 3-point makes (82%) from final season.

Timberlake made 78 3-pointers through the 2021-22 season and 92 this season, topping 40% every time.

After initially topping out at No. 18 within the 247 Sports activities switch portal rankings, the four-star prospect settled at No. 25.

Nationwide recruiting analyst Eric Bossi, of 247 Sports activities, famous on Wednesday that Timberlake reminds him just a little of West Virginia guard Erik Stevenson.

“Watching Timberlake on movie, one of many issues that almost all stands out is that he’s in a position to catch, preserve the ball excessive and get a shot off in a rush,” Bossi wrote. “Athletically, Timberlake isn’t unhealthy both. He’s an actual menace as a lob catcher, has simply sufficient wiggle off the dribble to combine issues up and he performs with actual confidence. It wouldn’t be out of line to assume that Timberlake may have an effect much like the one Erik Stevenson had at West Virginia final season — even when they’ve just a little little bit of a special fashion.”

For what it’s value, Stevenson completed his first season at WVU ranked eighth within the Large 12 in scoring at 15.4 factors per sport. Timberlake, in Yr 5 at Towson, averaged 17.7 factors per sport.

A local of Braintree, Massachusetts, Timberlake appeared in 122 video games at Towson, — the identical faculty that former KU guard Frank Mason III had dedicated to earlier than coming to Kansas — making 90 begins in that point, whereas averaging 12.5 factors per sport for his profession.

Throughout the latest season, he averaged 17.7 factors per sport whereas taking part in a mean of 36 minutes per outing. He was a first-team all-Colonial Athletic Affiliation choose as each a junior and a senior and was named to the CAA all-tournament staff. He additionally received the CAA’s Sixth Man of the Yr Award through the 2019-20 season.

Whereas the competitors he confronted within the CAA is nowhere close to what he’ll see within the Large 12, Timberlake has seen top-level expertise all through his profession, with video games at Virginia, Clemson, Ohio State and Pitt, and others in opposition to Xavier, New Mexico, Wake Forest on impartial courts, in addition to three video games this season in opposition to the School of Charleston, which received the Colonial Athletic Convention and earned a nationwide rating and a No. 12 seed within the NCAA Match whereas profitable 31 video games on the season.

With Timberlake on board, the Jayhawks at the moment are as much as 10 recognized scholarship gamers for the 2023-24 season — returners Dajuan Harris Jr., KJ Adams, Ernest Udeh Jr., Zuby Ejiofor and Kyle Cuffe Jr., together with incoming freshmen Marcus Adams Jr., Elmarko Jackson, Chris Johnson, and Jamari McDowell.

The Jayhawks are seemingly so as to add not less than two extra gamers from the portal and will add as much as three if Cuffe, who Self stated just lately was nonetheless weighing his future plans, elects to enter the portal earlier than the Could 11 deadline.

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Written By Matt Tait

A local of Colorado, Matt moved to Lawrence in 1988 and has been on the town ever since. He graduated from Lawrence Excessive in 1996 and the College of Kansas in 2000 with a level in Journalism. After masking KU sports activities for the College Every day Kansan and Rivals.com, Matt joined the World Firm (and later Ogden Publications) in 2001 and has held a number of positions with the paper and KUsports.com previously 20+ years. He turned the Journal-World Sports activities Editor in 2018. All through his profession, Matt has received a number of native and nationwide awards from each the Related Press Sports activities Editors and the Kansas Press Affiliation. In 2021, he was named the Kansas Sportswriter of the Yr by the Nationwide Sports activities Media Affiliation. Matt lives in Lawrence together with his spouse, Allison, and two daughters, Kate and Molly. When he is not masking KU sports activities, he likes to spend his time taking part in basketball and golf, listening to and writing music and touring the world with family and friends.

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