Walker Timme, a senior at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, has improved as a prospect after a strong summer. Much like his older brother — Gonzaga standout big man Drew Timme — the younger Timme also displays some advanced footwork in the post and an improved ability to stretch the floor.
As part of the Pro Insight Q&A series, Timme talks about his family, his growing confidence, a perspective-changing moment in his life, food challenges, and his deep Cowboys fandom.
For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present 2021 prospect Walker Timme, from Richardson, Texas:
Pro Insight: Can you share a bit about your family, where you’re from, and your background prior to getting to where you are today?
Walker Timme: I started playing basketball when I was five. I fell in love with it. I’ve got my dad (Matt), my older brother Drew plays at Gonzaga, and I have a younger sister that plays a ton of sports, and my mom, too.
PI: Which sports does your younger sister play?
WT: What doesn’t she play? She plays softball, basketball, soccer, and she used to do gymnastics too.
PI: Have you played any other sports?
WT: In middle school I played baseball, football, soccer, and basketball. Once I got to high school, I stuck with basketball.
PI: What do your parents do?
WT: My dad is a sales manager for a healthcare company and my mom works in education. She trains superintendents around Texas.
PI: Other than Drew, did any other of your immediate or extended family members play sports at a high level?
WT: My grandpa was a quarterback in college. He played at Austin College. My mom played Tennis as Stephen F. Austin and my dad played basketball at SMU and then played overseas a little bit. He played in Italy and Finland.
PI: What roles have your parents played in your basketball development?
WT: They played the biggest role for sure. They’re my biggest supporters and have always pushed me. They’re also my biggest critics who tell me not what I want to hear, but what I need to hear to get better.
PI: What have you learned from watching Drew’s experience in high school and now in college?
WT: I learned how to play the game the right way. He’s always making the extra pass and is never about his numbers. He’s always about wins. [He also taught me] how to lead.
PI: What is the best advice you’ve received from Drew?
WT: Positioning, where to be on the court, and how to read the game better. We’re not the most athletic guys on the court, so how to use body and leverage and stuff like that.
PI: For those who don’t know about your game, could you describe it a little bit? What are your greatest strengths?
WT: I’m versatile. I can shoot the three, I can face up or go back to the basket. Dribble. Pass. Shoot. I feel like I can do it all.
PI: What do you think is the next stage of your development?
WT: I’m working to improve athletically. I’ve been working with a trainer through the pandemic. Still a long way to go, but I like what I’m seeing so far.
PI: Were you able to get in the gym at all during the pandemic shutdown?
WT: I was able to lift with Drew and work out with him with his connections.
PI: Do you model your game after anyone in particular?
WT: Marc Gasol. He sees the floor. He can not only score, but he’s a really good playmaker. And obviously, rebounding and how versatile he is.