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Gamecocks, others waiting on Timberlake

Oct. 09, 2019, | sportstalk

earl-timberlake.png?w=1200&ssl=1The wait continues on a decision from 6-5 Earl Timberlake of Dematha Catholic of Hyattsville, MD. One of the nation’s top prospects in the 2020 class, Timberlake took official visits to USC, Miami, Seton Hall, Providence and Pitt. USC coach Frank Martin has gone all in on Timberlake with the help of assistants Bruce Shingler and Perry Clark. The staff made all the allowable visits with Timberlake, and like the coaches from the other schools, can only sit back and wait on a call.

“I just think he’s going to take his time, you know, make sure he communicates everything with his family, and with his family get their opinions and everything,” said Dematha coach Mike Jones. “Ultimately, Earl’s going to make what he feels like is the best decision for for him and his future, so I don’t think there’s really any timetable other than I know he wants to get it done before the season starts.”

Martin and company did a great job recruiting Timberlake, according to Jones, showing him how he could not only excel in the program but also find a home in Columbia.

“Coach Martin is Earl’s kind of coach,” Jones said. “He’s one that I think understands.  He’s a player’s coach.  He’s got guys that he’s going to get the best out of you with this coaching style, but he also makes sure that the guys know that he loves them and he cares about them and their future. Those are the kind of coaches that Earl really thrives under.  Coach Bruce and coach Clark, coach Bruce just because he’s got relationships with players and especially from this area, and then coach Clark being a Dematha guy himself, both of those things help the case for Earl as well. So, just familiarity, guys that he knows, guys that he can trust.  That’s the kind of person Earl is.”

Timberlake took his official visit to USC in June. He’s not said much publicly about that visit or any of the other four. Jones said Timberlake doesn’t like to talk about his recruiting publicly and is not tipping his hand on things. But the two have talked about the Gamecocks and the others left on hs list.

“I know he enjoyed his visit. They’ve definitely put their best foot forward,” Jones said. “I know he believes all the schools that are remaining on his list would be good schools to go to, he’s just trying to do his research to make sure he picks the best option for himself.”

Jones said Timberlake is a five position player on offense and can defend all over the court as well. He said his physicality really stands out and is the toughest player he’s ever coached.

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I am not so sure that we have moved on - they do not play the same position and Timberlake is talented enough that you would make room for him. One thing about Frank - he is constantly trying to upgrade and max out the roster.

We have a lot of Wing types so he is not a major need. On the other hand, there is a good chance that we will have some attrition at PG/Wing because someone will go to get more PT. That would open up room for Timberlake - maybe taking Lawson's spot as a feature guy at the Wing?

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On 10/19/2019 at 10:26 AM, Ace Dilcock said:

I am not so sure that we have moved on - they do not play the same position and Timberlake is talented enough that you would make room for him. One thing about Frank - he is constantly trying to upgrade and max out the roster.

We have a lot of Wing types so he is not a major need. On the other hand, there is a good chance that we will have some attrition at PG/Wing because someone will go to get more PT. That would open up room for Timberlake - maybe taking Lawson's spot as a feature guy at the Wing?

I think it's looking forward from Lawson.  Lawson has already tested the waters and knows what he has to do.  It's almost a given that if he has a decent year, he'll commit to the NBA draft, and will have to see where he lands.  Frank knows Timberlake is THE guy for that slot, and he'll make something happen to insure Timberlake gets the spot if Timberlake is actually interested.

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