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Deven Simms a juco All-American is Grant McCasland's first commitment at Arkansas State

Juco All-American Deven Simms commits to AState

Junior college All-American Deven Simms, who played his last year of high school ball in Clarksville, has committed to Arkansas State.

Simms, 6-foot-5, is the first commitment for new Red Wolves coach Grant McCasland and is expected to sign on Wednesday. He made an official visit to Arkansas State over the weekend.

Coming off a monster season when he averaged 20.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4 assists per game, Simms was namednamed the Region II and OCAC Player of the Year by a vote of Region and OCAC Coaches. It is the third consecutive season a Connors State Cowboy has received those honors.

Simms averaged 20.7 points an outing to lead the 13th-ranked Cowboys in scoring. He shot 57.2 percent from the field (187-327) and 74.8 percent at the free throw line (122-163). He also has 99 assists for 4.1 per game.

As a freshman at Connors, Simms averaged 10.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and shot 55 percent from the field.

From St. Louis Simms transferred to Clarksville and was adopted by Frederick Lee, who had three talented sons on the local basketball team. Clarksville won the state title in 2011 without Simms and with his in 2012. The team was 19-0 after he arrived. They finished 19-0 after he arrived. In 2013 they moved up to Class 5A and lost to eventual champion Jacksonville in the semifinals.