Josh Young/Reed Timmer/Nick McGlynn
Some of you reading this may be surprised to see that the largest representation of athletes comes from the Drake Bulldogs, who until this year have been in a rut for the last decade. However, as a Drake alum, let me be the first to tell you that Crawford got it right bringing these three guys on the Iowa United.
Josh Young is likely the most well-known player representing Drake after his stellar collegiate playing career that featured a captivating 2007-2008 basketball season where the Bulldogs won 21 straight games through the course of the regular season resulting in a 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a final AP ranking of 14th. At the conclusion of Young’s career, he held the school record for points scored (1,789), which was recently broken by another Bulldog on this list and for his career he shot 36% from behind the arc.
Since his college career, Young has been playing professionally overseas for the past 8 seasons including one season where his team won the 2017 German Pro-A title. This season with SC Rasta Vechta, Young is averaging 12 points a game with 3 assists and 1 steal.
Reed Timmer is the new career scoring leader at Drake University after scoring exactly 2000 points in his four years with the Bulldogs. The 6’1” shooting guard from Wisconsin started nearly every single game of his collegiate career and never averaged less than 11.5 points per game in a season. More importantly, half of Timmer’s damage came from downtown as he shot 39% from three. For those of you counting that’s now two of two on three-point shooters for this Iowa United team.
Timmer is now playing professionally overseas for the Walter Tigers Tubingen in the German Pro-A league, and he’s doing great. He has started all 30 games and is averaging 18.5 points per game while shooting 47% from three and dishing out three assists per game.
The final Bulldog on the Iowa United roster is Nick McGlynn who will be graduating in a month from Drake University after finishing his playing career last month. McGlynn, the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and overall Player of the Year runner-up, gives the Iowa United a much-needed presence in the paint.
As the senior leader of a surprising Bulldog squad, McGlynn averaged 15.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks over the course of the season.