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Friday / April 23.
  • Memphis lands Miami transfer Earl Timberlake

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Memphis has landed a commitment from Miami transfer Earl Timberlake, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound shooting guard out of Washington, D.C., who was ranked by 247Sports.com as No. 7 shooting guard and No. 36 overall prospect in the Class of 2020 coming out of high school.

    “I felt like I can learn a lot from [coach] Penny Hardaway — all he’s done in his career,” Timberlake said to ESPN. “I like the way they defend, they have the No. 1-ranked defense in the country. I can add to that. I like how they see my game. They know I can pass and they’ll help me get back to defending the way I know I can defend and try to win a national championship. I appreciate everyone for recruiting me and I’m going to do my best at Memphis.”

    He committed to Miami on November 4, 2019 over Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall and South Carolina.

    Timberlake averaged 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.7 steals in seven games this season before being shut down with a left shoulder injury.

    “I’m returning home to D.C. this weekend, and my shoulder rehab starts Monday,” Timberlake told ESPN. “I’m looking at a month of rehab and I should be fine by the summer with no surgery. I’m praying everything goes well.”

    Memphis also has a three-man recruiting class ranked No. 8 nationally by 247Sports.com in small forwards Josh Minott and John Camden and big man Sam Ayomide Onu.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.