"The big thing is coach [Pitino] really recruited him hard," Gillion said. "It started when they offered him and they got out in July. They went to Under Armour camp and then the next event was an off the path event and he made sure to check it out. Then at the end of July in Miami he was there to see him."
"This is a kid in the 2018 class, most coaches are focused on 2017, and he made Anfernee a major priority," he added. "That was big."
Simons, a standout at Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater, gave Rick Pitino the nod during his unofficial visit to Louisville on Saturday.
"The style of play fits him," Simons' father, Charles, told Scout. "They have made him a priority since they offered him and he feels very comfortable with Coach P and the staff. He knows he will be developed to take his game to the next level."
"Then my relationship with Jordan [Fair]," Gillion added about Louisville's graduate assistant. "That staple with coach P was enough for him to say this is a spot I can succeed at."
Simons also considered serious interest from Florida, Miami, Florida State, UCF, Oklahoma State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
During the spring and summer, Simons played for Team Breakdown in the 16's division and led the league in scoring with 22.9 points a game. He connected on 43.3-percent of his 97 three-point attempts.
"The big thing is he's a scorer," Gillion said. "He led the under Armour group in scoring. He can score from the perimeter. he's very athletic and he can score in transition. He's an underrated ball handler for his high school team. But he also has the ability to handle and distribute the ball. He had tremendous upside. I think he could do what Markelle Fultz did."
Simons is currently regarded as the No. 45 overall recruit and No. 12 point guard in the class.