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Husky Men's Basketball

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May 12, 2009 at 7:23 PM

More on Desmond Simmons

Desmond Simmons, simply put, found no reason to wait any longer.
“He just got to the point where he felt comfortable with his decision,” said Bill Mellis, the coach for Simmons at Salesian High in Richmond, Calif. So Monday night, the 6-7, 205-pound forward decided to give a verbal commitment to UW to become a member of Washington’s Class of 2010. He will sign a letter-of-intent in the early period next November.
Mellis said the deal was clinched when Simmons traveled to UW over the weekend for an unofficial visit.
“As the process went on he realized that was the place he wanted to go,” Mellis said. “The last thing for him was the visit, that was the last piece of the puzzle, to make sure he could envision being there and living there. Once he did that he knew that was where he wanted to be.”
Mellis said Simmons also had significant interest in Oregon State and St. Mary’s and also had been talking with Oregon and Stanford.
Mellis said Simmons “wanted to stay on the West and was very interested in playing in the Pac-10. When it came down to it he really felt comfortable there and with the coaching staff.” Cameron Dollar and Paul Fortier, himself a Bay Area native, were the assistants who headed up the recruiting of Simmons
Mellis said Simmons averaged 18.5 points and 12.2 rebounds last season for Salesian, which went 31-4 and won the California Division IV state title.
“He’s kind of an inside-outside player,” Mellis said. “He’s 6-6, 6-7 but he can play either the three or the four. For us he kind of plays the post but we also put him out on the perimeter. At the college level he’ll be a three and he’s really worked hard at developing his jump shot and ballhandling skills. And he’s pretty explosive.”
Mellis also said Simmons is a good student who has been on the honor roll at Salesian a few times and “won’t have any trouble qualifying.”
Mellis said Salesian will return all five starters next season, so Simmons will spend his final high school season again playing in a lot of spotlight games.

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