Notre Dame Basketball

2020 Guard Earl Timberlake The Next DeMatha Hoops Target

February 6, 2019

DeMatha Catholic couldn’t get much going during its 70-53 loss to #1 La Lumiere at the HoopHall Classic at Springfield College last month, but guard Earl Timberlake fought hard throughout.

“I just try to play as hard as I can every game and leave it on the floor,” the 6-foot-6, 215-pound junior said. “They threw the first punch instead of us throwing the first punch.”

With the game already decided, Timberlake went up for a thunderous dunk attempt over 2019 five-star center Isaiah Stewart, but saw it come off the back iron.

“I just tried to go up with aggression,” said Timberlake. “I didn’t make it, but next time I will.”

The 2020 Maryland prospect has dozens of offers from programs like Maryland, West Virginia, Providence, Seton Hall, Clemson, Florida, Georgetown, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Pitt and Wake Forest among others.

Notre Dame hasn’t offered yet, but has shown interest.

“Mike Brey is at our school (often),” Timberlake said of the Irish head coach. “He’s a DeMatha alum, so there’s strong ties to the school from DeMatha.”

“I know they’ve got a couple players from the DMV with Prentiss Hubb and DJ Harvey. They’re playing real good real now.”

Timberlake has kept in touch with Harvey, another former DeMatha alum in South Bend.

“He was at the school during Christmas break, so I caught up with him,” said Timberlake. “He says he loves it. He had an injury during his freshman year, but he bounced back and he’s playing really well.”

As Timberlake looks into Notre Dame more, he’ll be interested in learning more about the education.

“Are they strong in my major, sports medicine?” he said.

Timberlake took an official visit to Providence back in November.

“It was nice,” he said. “They showed me a lot of love there and showed me that I’m a priority for them.

“I want to get to Pitt for sure, Seton Hall, Louisville and Oklahoma State.”

He doesn’t have a timeline for a final decision.

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