Huskies head to Australia and New Zealand, Timmins’ home country, for a 12-day exhibition trip. The next two weeks will be a chance for Timmins and several Huskies to stand out on a team that lost its three leading scorers.

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Thank goodness for Skype or else Sam Timmins might have gone a little stir crazy in Seattle these past few months.

The New Zealand native, who admittedly battled bouts of homesickness, is also grateful to his nana — his mom’s mom — who regularly sent pics from home via Snapchat.

“I get a good laugh out of that,” said the Huskies freshman forward. “It’s really good all the stuff that we have nowadays so I can keep in contact with them. But I’m ready to go home and see them.”

Timmins returns home this week with the Washington men’s basketball team on an exhibition game trip. UW leaves Sunday on the 12-day, five-game trip and will play in Australia and New Zealand.

They’ll lose a day during the 16-hour flight across the international date line and land Tuesday in Melbourne.

Washington plays the Dandenong Rangers and the Frankston Blues — a pair of Aussie professional clubs — before departing for Christchurch, New Zealand, about a 4½-hour drive from Timmins’ hometown Dunedin.

“I think there’s going to be a majority of (his family) at the airport,” Timmins said. “I’m unbelievably excited. I hadn’t seen my family since December. I’m a huge family guy and being away from them for so long has been tough.”

Timmins will play in front of family and friends against the Mainland Eagles on Aug. 7. The Huskies travel to Sydney, Australia the next day for a pair of games and a tour of Sydney Opera House before flying home Aug. 11.

“Playing at home, obviously that’s going to be a lot of fun, but I’m anxious to get back on the court for sort of a game again,” said Timmins, who played as an amateur in 2015 with the professional team Canterbury Rams before joining the Huskies.

During 16 games with the Rams, Timmins averaged 5.7 points and 3.4 assists.

Aside from heralded freshman guard Markelle Fultz, who is expected to be a top pick in next year’s NBA draft, Timmins is perhaps UW’s most intriguing newcomer.

The 19-year-old has racked up some major accomplishments early in life.

Timmins, 6-foot-10 and 275-pounds with a 7-2 wingspan, is arguably New Zealand’s best basketball player since the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams.

Timmins established himself as a young rising star among the Kiwis, but he’s a mystery at Washington.

He enrolled in school in January and redshirted the 2015-16 season.

During his second week at UW, Timmins’ reputation as a tough and burly post player grew when he inadvertently gave teammate Devenir Duruisseau a concussion in practice.

Timmins, who played rugby until he was 14, drew immediate comparisons to former UW standout Jon Brockman, who also famously inflicted incidental damage to friends and foes while climbing to the top of Washington’s all-time rebound list.

But that’s where the comparisons end.

“He’s not a swashbuckler like Jon Brockman was,” said Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar, who likened Timmins to Memphis Grizzlies star Marc Gasol and former WSU standout Aron Baynes, another New Zealand native.

Romar praised Timmins for his basketball IQ and said he’s the best passing big man on the team.

Still, it remains to be seen where Timmins falls in the pecking order of front-line players that includes Malik Dime and Noah Dickerson — who both started at times last season — and Duruisseau and newcomer Matthew Atewe.

“When I first watched Sam on film, my first question was can he run with us at the pace that we establish?” Romar said. “Physically he’s fine, but he’s going to have to develop and be a little more athletic and be a little quicker to be able to do that with us.

“And sure enough we watch him out here now and I wouldn’t say that guy doesn’t fit in or he’s too slow. He’s slower than the other quick-twitch guys … but he’s fast enough.”

The next two weeks will be a chance for Timmins and several Huskies to make their case for a significant role on a team that lost its three leading scorers and 63 percent of its scoring.

Romar plans to experiment with the lineups and rotations, hoping to find chemistry among seven returners and five newcomers.

“It’ll be important to give this group a chance to build an identity more than anything,” he said. “Hopefully, when we’re done and coming into the fall (training camp) we would have already established who we are as opposed to trying to obtain that later.”