Simon chooses Wildcats

Arizona has landed an important piece to its 2015 class with the commitment of Justin Simon. The five-star prospect discussed his UA commitment with Scout.com.

Sean Miller has landed one of the most versatile prospects in the 2015 class, as 6-foot-5, 180-pound Temecula (Calif.) Valley's Justin Simon has committed to Arizona.

Scout.com's 16th ranked prospect in 2015, Simon is a combo guard that can play and defend the one, two and three at the next level.

He narrowed his list down to Arizona, Colorado, Louisville, Santa Clara and Washington before choosing the Wildcats.

"Coach Miller was really excited," said Simon. "He told me that they love me and were looking for a guy as versatile as me. He thinks I'm a great fit for them and they're really happy to have me."

Once Simon received a scholarship offer from Miller in December of 2013, he knew where he would end up going to college.

"It's always been my dream school and once they offered me, I knew it was the right fit because I love Arizona," said Simon. "It's a great program and a great coaching staff. I love everything about it; it's the style of play and the kind of system I'm looking for."

Watching Arizona on television and practice over the last season, the five-star prospect was impressed with the job the UA coaches did with skill development.


Justin and parents, Felicia and Ken
"I really feel like they're going to develop and bring the best out of me every day," Simon said.

"The coaches really get after their guys and you can see how a lot of talent comes through that program but they get better and better every single day. I want to go there and develop as the best all-around player that I can be."

Simon's versatility may be his best attribute and he definitely plans on using that to his advantage in Tucson.

"Offensively I'll be a combo guard," said Simon. "They feel - and I agree - that I can play with all of the guys on their roster. Defensively I have the ability to switch on hand offs and ball screens and I have the ability to guard all three perimeter positions."

Arizona signed a talented 2014 point guard in Parker Jackson-Cartwright and already has a commitment from Scout.com's 2nd rated 2015 shooting guard in Tyler Dorsey.

While some would point to that potential backcourt as a reason to not go to Arizona, Simon took the opposite point of view.

"I can play with Parker and Tyler," says Simon. "The reason I chose Arizona is to surround myself with great talent. I want to play with Tyler, Parker and the other guys who are going to join us. Those are great players to play with and I feel like I'm a great player to play with as well."

Simon will arrive in Arizona with plans of helping UA win at the highest level.

"The staff is trying to get to the Final Four and win a national championship and I really want to help the team get there," said Simon.

"What's crazy is the last Simon to go to Arizona won a national championship. I'm going to try and make it two in a row."


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