Sam Timmins is finding his role

Postby rockycola on Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:20 am

Giving some props and creds to TNT Sports and this new writer as she gives her props and creds to Dawgs center Sam Timmins. Nice to find the confidence and that bodes well for the Huskies moving forward this season.

Sam Timmins was struggling. Then Pac-12 started, and the Huskies’ forward finally found his role

It’s not uncommon to walk into Alaska Airlines Arena and find Sam Timmins on an otherwise empty court with one of Washington’s assistant coaches. It’s here, in the quiet moments before or after practice, where Timmins puts up shot after shot after shot.

And it’s where he found his confidence again.

The 6-foot-11 junior from New Zealand was admittedly struggling earlier in the season. He looked timid and unsure in the post, the ball often slipping through his hands.

Even when he shot free throws, nothing went in. Timmins was 0-for-7 from the foul line before he made his first free throws of the season against Stanford in mid-January. As soon as the first one fell, he immediately broke into a grin.

“That was big,” he said Tuesday. “I shoot so many free throws and I had that stretch in the season when I couldn’t get one to go. I think just working on and it and working on it and finally getting it to go down. That’s what the smile was.”

Timmins has had a lot more to smile about lately. After averaging 1.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in 10.7 minutes during the non-conference season, Timmins is averaging 3.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 11.2 minutes through seven Pac-12 games.

They aren’t the most eye-popping numbers, but Timmins’ improvement has been noticeable. Like most everything else for UW — the Huskies are 7-0 in Pac-12 play — something seemed to click for Timmins when the conference season started.

To senior forward Noah Dickerson, the difference is obvious: Confidence. When Timmins gets the ball in the post now, his footwork is more sure, his movements increasingly smooth and intentional.

“I felt like at the beginning of the year he was real down on himself and things like that,” Dickerson said. “He was really hard on himself especially in practice. … Now he’s coming in the game, everybody on the team has a role for us to win. He’s coming into a role. He’s been doing his thing. He’s using his minutes wisely.”

That was most apparent in the Huskies’ victory over Utah when Timmins had four points, four blocks, two steals and seven rebounds in just 11 minutes.

“That’s incredible,” said head coach Mike Hopkins. “That’s you just getting out and playing basketball, not thinking about getting shots and not getting rebounds and making a mistake. Just playing. That’s our coaching staff. Our coaching staff does a great job of getting those guys ready.”

Last week, Timmins had seven points and steal in the win over Oregon followed by two points, three blocks and six rebounds against Oregon State.

“Confidence is a funny thing, it really is,” Hopkins said. “Part of it is, if you’re frustrated in yourself, how do you get through that? Where can you put your focus? His focus has been energy.”

Timmins’ alley-oop dunk in transition against the Ducks — he even pointed for Jaylen Nowell to throw the lob — had broadcaster Bill Walton calling him ‘Air Sam Timmins.’ That, Timmins said with a laugh, was definitely a first.

His progress, Timmins said, started with a simple understanding: As an athlete, he’s going to go through ups-and-downs. When he stopped dwelling on his struggles, he got to work.

He had the right people behind him, starting with assistant coach Cameron Dollar, who focuses on the Huskies’ front court players. Dollar can often be found working with Timmins, whether it’s with UW’s shooting groups or during individual workouts.

“Sometimes when you’re just practicing everyday, your individual game doesn’t get as much attention,” Timmins said. “I think just a combination of that and my teammates just got me through it.”

While his teammates and coaches can see the difference in his game, Timmins can feel it. The more he steps on the court and makes an impact, the more he gets into a rhythm. After months stuck at a low point, that makes all the difference.

“Coming back and working hard,” Timmins said, “is the real only proven way of getting out of that.”

Lauren Kirschman is the UW Huskies beat writer for The News Tribune. Previously, she covered the Pittsburgh Steelers for A Pennsylvania native and a University of Pittsburgh graduate, she also covered college athletics for the Beaver County Times from 2012-2016.

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Re: Sam Timmins is finding his role

Postby rockycola on Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:24 pm

Whilst beating UCLA today:

“When you don’t know where a team is going to be attacking from, it’s really hard to be everywhere. The biggest thing for us was just contribution from everyone.”

The Huskies lost Dickerson to a right ankle sprain less than 2 minutes into the second half. After that, the Huskies relied on center Sam Timmins inside. He didn’t disappoint, finishing with nine points, six rebounds and three blocks.

“He’s one of the fan favorites,” Thybulle said. “He’s our guy so he’s one of our favorites, too. When he’s got it going, we’re a better team.”

The Kiwi will be a monster by the time tournaments come around. Love seeing his emergence from his cocoon.
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Re: Sam Timmins is finding his role

Postby AZ Old Dawg on Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:20 pm

I love the guy but his athleticism is NAIA at best. ASU sure exposed it.
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