Men’s Basketball Hosts Annual Media Day

first_imgMedved returns eight players from last years squad including five seniors. Senior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) returns as the Bulldogs leading scorer averaging 15.3 points per game a year ago. Timmer ranks ninth all-time in Drake scoring history with 1,348 career points as well racking up two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. “We’re going to push and give it everything we have,” said Timmer. “We definitely know that it’s within us. We’re not searching for something that’s not there. Our older guys know that and we’re going to bring the younger guys with that. We know we have what it takes to win in this league.”Medved adds four freshmen and a total of six newcomers including freshman guards Jalen Gibbs (Waldorf, Md.) and Noah Thomas (Sydney, Australia) as well as forward Antonio Pilipovic (Cologne, Germany). The Bulldogs officially open their 2017-18 season Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Knapp Center against Coe College following a Nov. 4 exhibition against Minnesota Crookston. Season ticket and flex plans are currently available for the 2017-18 season through the Drake Athletic Ticket Office by calling 515-271-3647 or by visiting draketix.com.  Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team welcomed members of the local and state-wide media to the Knapp Center Wednesday (Oct. 11) afternoon for the Bulldogs’ annual media day. Preparing for his first season at the helm of the Bulldog program, head coach Niko Medved shared what his first few months on the job have been like in preparation for the 2017-18 season. “I’m so excited to be here at Drake and in Des Moines,” Medved said. “It’s been a crazy transition. The people here have been fabulous in Des Moines and at Drake. It’s been better than expected.” Medved took over at Drake following four successful seasons as the head coach at Furman University where he guided the program to back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time in 40 years while earning Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2017. “We all know when you come in; it’s about winning,” Medved said. “And ultimately we are here to build a winning program and a great program. I’m not here to try and build something that we’re good for one year and then we go back. I want to build a system that we are good year after year and our fans have something to feel good about. There is no reason Drake can’t have a great basketball program.”  Story Links Preseason Notes Photo Gallery last_img read more