Transfer Watch List: Earl Timberlake Set for Big Role in Grasso’s Fast-Paced Offensive Scheme
After struggling as a freshman at Miami and even more so as a sophomore with Memphis, 6-foot-6 guard/forward Earl Timberlake announced his third career transfer back in April joining a reconstructed Bryant Bulldogs’ squad who had just lost the 2021/22 NCAA men’s basketball scoring leader in Peter Kiss.
A former top-50 ranked prospect himself with the Class of 2020, Timberlake’s averaged just 5.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 1.8 APG across those two seasons spent with high-major programs. While Timberlake only made 7 total appearances, his best season would come as a freshman with the Hurricanes managing 9.3 PPG in 27.4 minutes during the select on-court chances he received.
Moving to Memphis the following season, Timberlake would find more playing time navigating 29 appearances and making 11 starts, but despite this uptick in play the D.C. native regressed on the court producing just 4.7 PPG in a heavily rotated Tigers roster.
Now, Timberlake arrives in Smithfield, RI taking a step down to join the mid-major level and play on an incredibly well-coached Bulldogs team led by Jared Grasso who greatly used the portal to his advantage this offseason adding eight transfer additions to his program
Timberlake at first might seem just another addition out of the eight from Grasso, but he’ll play a very key role in Bryant’s system this upcoming season as a versatile piece who can positionally slide anywhere on the court from the one to the three all while maintaining his solid playmaking ability and explosiveness both on and off the ball.
Although he surely doesn’t represent the scoring prowess that Kiss brought to the Bulldogs, Timberlake has all the workings to be a major player for this program and help fill the offensive void vacated by the scoring champion’s departure.
BREAKING | Earl Timberlake (@easyyyooo) has been named to the Preseason All – @AmericaEast Team. #AEMBB #GoForBroke pic.twitter.com/1GoOrtrP4Y
— Bryant Men's Basketball (@BryantHoops) October 20, 2022