UW Signs Top NZ Center Timmins to 2016 Class

SEATTLE – University of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar has announced the signing of 6-10 center Sam Timmins to a National Letter of Intent for the 2016 class. Timmins from the South Island of New Zealand, is lauded as one of the most promising players to come out of the country in recent years.

“I am thrilled to be joining the University of Washington and can’t wait to play for Coach Romar”, said Timmins. “Although I received offers from a number of high profile programs, the key influence on my decision to sign with the Huskies was the character and reputation of Coach Romar. I was excited by his plans for the program, how he saw me fitting into those plans and his commitment to helping me to reach my potential as a player. My final decision then become a no brainer when you throw in what a great academic school Washington is, the beauty of Seattle and the state of Washington, which has similarities to the South Island of New Zealand and my dream of playing in the Pac-12 Conference.”

“We’re ecstatic to have Sam join our program,” said Romar. “At 6-10, 250 pounds, he is a rare find in that he is a true center that is skilled and can score on the block. He also will bring additional toughness to our team. We are really looking forward to him getting to Seattle.”

Timmins led Otago Boys High School, one of the oldest boys’ secondary schools in New Zealand, to the National Schools Championship in 2014 where he was named the tournament MVP. He went up against Kentucky-signee Tai Wynyard in the semifinals with his team coming out on top.

In November of 2014 Timmins was instrumental in New Zealand coming the closest it has ever been to beating Australia and qualifying for the U19 FIBA world championships. New Zealand, led by Timmins (20 points, 13 rebounds, 6 blocks), were only knocked out by a three on the buzzer by a strong Australian team that included many of the players who also won silver at the 2014 U17 FIBA World Championships.

At the start of this year, Timmins moved to Christchurch to further his basketball development and is looking to be only the second New Zealander to lead two different high schools to national titles when he leads Middleton Grange High School later this year.

Additionally, Timmins is currently playing in the New Zealand National Basketball League (NZNBL), where he has amateur status with the Canterbury Rams, coached by former UNLV All-American Mark Dickel (1996-2000). Timmins previously played in the NZNBL for the Otago Nuggets where he was the youngest player to ever earn a roster spot (15-years old), taking that record away from his current coach Dickel.

Timmins has started in all four Rams’ games so far this season, and in his first outing registered 20 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes. He’s also shot over 50 percent from the field in three of those four contests.

The center comes from an athletic family. His dad, Brendon Timmins, was a top rugby player in New Zealand from 1992-2002, playing 100 matches at a provincial level and turning out for New Zealand A, the team one step below the All Blacks. Also his mother grandmother was a six-time New Zealand javelin champion.

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