Drake receives verbal commitment from PG Reed Timmer

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First year Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti received a verbal commitment from Reed Timmer, a point guard from New Berlin, WI, on Sunday morning.

Timmer is a 6-foot-1 strong point guard with an exceptional shot, but his game extends further than just scoring the basketball.

Although he averaged nearly 25 points per game during his junior season en route to being named the Woodland Conference Player of the Year and the NOW Newspapers All-Suburban Basketball Team, Timmer is a good facilitator, as well.

Timmer announced his commitment to Drake via Twitter:

In a New Berlin NOW article from March earlier this year, Timmer’s head coach Dave Scheidegger had some high praise for his lefty point guard: “He’s my X-factor, my ace in the hole. He is phenomenal; there is not a weakness in his game. Flat out the toughest player I ever coached…All season long teams were in his face, but he never lost composure. Despite all his scoring stats, he made everyone better.”

To go along with Drake, Timmer had offers from several other mid-major schools throughout the midwest, namely strong Summit League programs North Dakota State and South Dakota State.

Ever since their strong season in 2007-08 where they won 28 games en route to a #5 seed in the NCAA Tournament under Keno Davis, Drake has been mired in a state of mediocrity. In what will be his second season at Drake when Timmer enters into the program, Giacoletti may have his point guard of the future, and one that will take the Bulldogs back to the NCAA Tournament.

AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.

Boise State loses guard Harwell to torn ACL

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Expected to be one of the favorites in the Mountain West this season, Boise State’s perimeter ranks have shrunk by one player due to injury. Thursday it was reported by the Idaho Statesman that freshman guard Malek Harwell will redshirt after suffering a torn ACL in practice. Along with fellow freshman Paris Austin, Harwell is expected to be a key part of the Broncos’ future beyond the upcoming season.

Now, instead of competing with an experienced backcourt that includes four redshirt seniors, Harwell will work to get his knee back to full strength for the 2016-17 season.

Among the guards who will play significant minutes this season are Anthony Drmic, who took a medical redshirt last season, Montigo Alford, Mikey Thompson and grad transfer Lonnie Jackson (Boston College). Chandler Hutchison, who started in Boise State’s final 18 games of the 2014-15 season as a freshman, will also compete for playing time.