Arizona signee Justin Simon is currently in his final offseason as a high school athlete. The five-star point guard is ready to join the others in Tucson, but in the meantime, Simon keeps himself busy with spring workouts and watching his future school prepare for the NCAA Tournament.
“Senior year was a great year for me,” Simon said. “I made a great decision to go to Brewster Academy and everything worked out perfectly. I’m doing well in school and there’s a lot of people here to help me.
“Basketball wise, the coaches are always there to help me with college planning and how different Division I basketball is and how I can prepare myself.
“We had a great team, too. We were number one for a majority of the year; it couldn’t have been better. My teammates helped me improve along the way and it’s really going to help me at Arizona.”
The Southern California native has made it his mission to stay in shape and improve some aspects of his game before the summer.
“I’m always looking to be a better player,” Simon said. “Since I committed to Arizona back in May, I would say my mentality towards the game is one of my biggest improvements. I have much more of a killer instinct now.”
With Arizona preparing to face a tough Texas Southern team Thursday, Simon wanted to give a little insight into what he’s seen from Arizona during Tournament season.
“The championship game against Oregon really stood out to me,” he said. “They turned their defense into easy offense and Oregon didn’t have an answer. It was exciting to watch them push the ball out in transition and find open guys.
“There are a lot of great teams in Arizona’s side of the bracket, but again, their defense will frustrate a lot of opponents and they can definitely score with anyone in the country.
"It all comes down to execution. I think they’ll go pretty far, the Final Four is possible, but it’s also hard to say they’ll win it all because a lot can happen.”