There seems to be little escaping Rashad Lindsey for Deven Simms. Or the other way around.
Long before Simms moved to Clarksville for his last two years of high school, Simms knew Rashad Lindsey from the youth basketball courts of suburban St. Louis.
"We've been playing against each other since the fourth grade,'' said Lindsey. "But never on the same team."
That same team thing is about to change. Attending schools in Florissant about a mile apart, Lindsey, who prepped at McCluer North, and Simms, who played at nearby North Technical for 2 years, will be teammates at Arkansas State under new coach Grant McCasland.
“I remember playing against him, I think it was in the eighth grade,’’ said Simms. “And we may have played against each other in the Herbert Hoover league. We had a good all-around game.
“I’m excited about being on the same team. I’m ready to get there and do some work,”
Lindsey has spent the last two season at Moberly Area (Mo.) College. This past season he led Moberly to a regional title and a trip to the national in Hutchinson, Kan., for the first time in 11 years.
“We’re very excited to have Rashad joining our basketball program,” said McCasland. “He won at a very high level in junior college and we think he has all the attributes to help do the same here at Arkansas State. After getting some time to spend with his family, we got the feeling it would be a great fit. As good as a player as he is, he is an even better person and we couldn’t be happier to have him.”
Lindsey was committed to Eastern Michigan but flipped to A-State when the new Red Wolves coaching staff came aboard. He averaged 12.6 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds per game while earning first team all-region honors.
“I liked the coaching staff and I liked that the head coach was a point guard,’’ he said. “I just loved the atmosphere on my visit and the nice facilities.”
Simms left the St Louis area midway in his junior season. He helped Clarksville to the Class 4A title that season and a semifinal finish in Class 5A his season.
At Connors (Okla.) State he emerged his sophomore season and earned All-American status while averaging 20.3 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists per game.
“I really like the versatility, athleticism and competitiveness that Deven will bring to our program,” said McCasland. “He is a dynamic guard that can score, distribute and rebound at a high level. Deven was the leading scorer on a highly successful team and he will bring that playmaking experience to our team. I’m excited for what he can bring to Arkansas State, both on and off the court.”