Timmer has also had to learn how to deal with being a marked man on the court, always getting significant attention on the opponent’s scouting report.”He’s worked hard at just letting the game come to him,” Rutter said. “During some stretches, the best thing he can do is moving the ball to the next guy, which is a lot easier said than done for a natural scorer. And he’s a team-first guy. All he cares about is our team and the success of our team. That’s what he hangs his hat on. He could care less about being a 1,000-point scorer or the different records and accolades. He has a burning desire to help this team be successful.” “You’d be hard-pressed to find a better representative of our program and the “Bulldog Way’ than Reed,” Rutter said. “We’ve obviously very proud of him.” Print Friendly Version We offer a recent week in Timmer’s life to provide a window into what it’s like to walk in his shoes. The “Bulldog Way” is the cornerstone of Drake’s athletic culture and department as a whole, stressing things like integrity, commitment to excellence, outworking and outhustling opponents and maximizing potential while aspiring to greatness. “When I was recruited here, I talked with the academic departments and with (athletic director) Sandy Hatfield Clubb, and they made it pretty clear that I could do it,” Timmer said of the academic and athletic demands. “They never said it would be easy. But if you really want to do it, you can do it. I didn’t take that lightly. Ever since I’ve been here, they’ve done a really good job of working with me and making it work. Because I know if I had tried to do this somewhere else it may not be the same story.” “He is a very good leader,” Rutter said. “He has a lot of poise about him. Never too high, never too low. Really grounded. Reed has several qualities that make him who he is. Driven. Focused. Competitive. Intelligent. Confident. And it’s been a lot of fun working with him over the last three years.” Juggling two worlds is not easy. But Timmer has mastered time management while using his athletic skills to get an education at a high-level academic institution. His name is Reed Timmer, a junior guard working toward a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) degree. The same guy, the two-time Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, who has already become one of the Top 10 scorers in program history. “He has clearly mastered the balance of academics and basketball, and has done it at a very high level,” Drake Coach Jeff Rutter said. Timmer’s success in the classroom is extraordinary. He was recently named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic all-District team. But basketball offers him a feeling of success outside the classroom that he cherishes just as much. Timmer is balancing basketball with the 18 hours of classwork on his schedule the second semester. Because of the afternoon times some of his required classes were offered, the team practices at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday so he can make things work. Timmer selected Drake over Ohio, Toledo, Illinois-Chicago, Loyola of Chicago and a few Ivy League options. It’s been a demanding season for Timmer on the basketball court, with fewer victories than he had hoped for and a coaching change to deal with. But his effort has remained steadfast. The Bulldogs returned from a Tuesday night game at Evansville around midnight. Timmer made up a test he missed on Wednesday, had two more tests Thursday and three more on Friday. That Saturday, he passed Ken Harris and moved into 10th on Drake’s career scoring list with his 15 points in a one-possession loss to Missouri State. Timmer, Drake’s leading scorer the last two seasons, has more than 1,300 career points. “It definitely takes a lot of planning,” Timmer said. “I’ll think about a week ahead. I have a calendar of all the tests, all the stuff I have to study for, and then integrate that with the practice plan and what we have for games. I plan out my whole day, even coordinated naps or rest time. The biggest key is to take time to relax. Because if you run yourself too dry, you’re going to blow yourself up mentally.” This semester, Timmer is taking a lab in pharmacy skills and classes in Principles of Drug Action, Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Pharmaceutics, Pathophysiology and Pharmaceutical Calculations. He’s in the third year of a six-year program: two years in pre-Pharmacy, then four years in the professional program. “You can only play basketball as long as your body allows you to,” said Timmer, who is from New Berlin, Wis. “I was really just trying to focus on bettering my life well past basketball. I had an opportunity to take advantage of this program and this school. I feel like some student-athletes might focus too much on basketball, and not focus on school until maybe basketball is over. If you can do it at the same time, why not take advantage of it? I take great pride in that.” “Basketball is such a special thing,” Timmer said. “It teaches you so many of life’s lessons. And it teaches you discipline. I’ve used what I’ve learned on the basketball court in school and in real life. It’s definitely something Coach Rutter has instilled in us, and that’s to enjoy the journey. It may not be about wins and losses all the time.” By: Rick Brown – 11-time Iowa Sportswriter of the YearSpecial to www.GoDrakeBulldogs.comWant to meet a true blue student-athlete? You’ll find him in a Drake basketball uniform, wearing No. 12.