After a long and circuitous route, Tyrell Timpson has finally found a home in Division I basketball.
Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Tyrell and his mother moved to Portland, Oregon where he became a prep star for Westview High School. His junior and senior years Tyrell played for Rancho High near his father's home in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Due to academic issues, he continued his career at Treasure Valley Community College. After his final year, where he averaged 14.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.1 steals, Timpson accepted a scholarship to play for Eastern Washington. Fate, however, was not willing to let his travels end there. A coaching change at EWU left Timpson without a place to take his skills. Luckily for him and Jaguars, he decided to take a chance by attending a junior college basketball camp designed for available JC players to showcase their wares. Arrow, recently hired by USA at that time, was in attendance.
"He basically just offered me everything on the spot," said Timpson.
Timpson has enrolled at South Alabama and will be taking classes there the second semester of this academic year. He is officially redshirting, so he will be eligible to practice with the team for the rest of this basketball season and then he hopes to challenge for a starting spot next year.
Timpson describes himself as a pass-first player who is always looking to get his teammates the ball in a position to score. He loves to push the tempo and was considered the best perimeter defender on his junior college team. But this doesn't mean that he doesn't know the way to the hoop himself.
"Oh, I can get a shot off, " he said. "In my junior college, my coach also played me at the two when we needed to score. I can create my own shot when I need to."
Now that junior college is behind him, Tyrell will have more than just a change in level of competition to contend with. This lifelong Westerner will be making the move across the country to Mobile, Alabama for the next step in his basketball journey. What does he think about that?
"I've never really spent any time in the South before, so it's going to be a learning experience, " he said. "But, I'm excited."
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