After being a fixture in the Central Community High School lineup for four years, Jacob Timmermann is moving on.
But not too far away.
On Tuesday the Breese Central senior signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Kaskaskia College capping his final season for the Cougars that saw him make the Associated Press, Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette All-State Teams.
“There’s not many people the last four years that don’t think of Central basketball when they hear the name Jacob Timmermann,” said Cougars coach Jeremy Shubert. “He’s meant a lot to our team and what we’ve been able to accomplish.”
Timmermann helped Central to a 107-23 mark in his career including a Class 2A state championship as a sophomore in 2012.
“We’ve seen him play the last four years and how he’s been a big part of the success here,” Kaskaskia coach Brian Hancock said of Timmermann. “We think Jacob’s a great addition to our program and we’re excited to have him.”
“It [signing with KC] will give me a chance to improve my game a lot,” said Timmermann who was also a standout receiver/defensive back in football. “It will help me get to the next level.
“I thought about playing football [in college] and I will miss it, but I felt basketball was the way to go.”
Timmermann stepped up his offensive play as a senior, averaging 15 points a game as the lone returning starter but throughout his days at Central was best known as a lockdown defender.
“His defensive effort have just been second to none,” said Shubert. “What he can do [defensively] is really special. I really think he can step right in and play [in college] and create offense for other players with his defense.”
With Kaskaskia losing a lot to graduation, there will be opportunity for Timmermann.
“We have eight sophomores so we feel Jacob can step in and be a solid contributor,” said Hancock. “He’s played against good competition in high school, and also played AAU. That’ll help him and we think he’ll be a good fit.
“The speed and athleticism [in college] is a change [from high school] but Jacob is someone who can adjust to that and I think he understands what it takes to be successful.”
“I know my shot’s got to be better, my ball handling, just my total offensive game will have to improve [in college], which I think it will,” said Timmermann, who is looking at a major in accounting.
“He’s been a good role model for our younger kids and that’s important in a program,” said Shubert. “Jacob’s done an outstanding job with that.”
Pictured are Jeff and Donna Timmermann and Jacob Timmermann (center). Standing is Kent Jones, KC coach Brian Hancock and Central coach Jeremy Schubert.
Story written by Randy List of the Centralia Sentinel.