Sims Happy To Stay Home

Deshawn Sims will stay home to play his college basketball. Possibly the top prospect in the state of Michigan, Sims couldn't resist the lure of the hometown hero role.

Deshawn Sims, a strong, 6-foot-7 forward out of Detroit (Mich.) Pershing High, is headed to play for the Michigan Wolverines.

After considering offers from Michigan State and Syracuse, Sims opted to play with the Wolverines.

"It was a feeling, man," Sims told GoBlueWolverine. "Michigan, Syracuse and Michigan State were my only three options. For a minute I was feeling Syracuse. I was considering all of them, but this was just a feeling that I've had. It was the feeling I've had about [Michigan] for a long time. The feeling of being comfortable."

Speaking of feeling comfortable, the heat in Las Vegas last month didn't seem to bother Deshawn Sims at all. It was during a four-day stretch in Sin City where Sims heated up his recruiting stock.

Against formidable competition he turned in some spectacular performances. Against Derrick Caracter and the New York Panthers, he pulled the old "20/20" game and then followed it up with a post clinic against the Smyrna Stars and a 34-point effort against the Arizona Magic in one of the summer's most hotly contested games.

Sims checked in at No. 37 in's pre-summer rankings and he'll be a riser when the next set of rankings is released early next week. His commitment to Michigan is pivotal on a number of fronts, but none more important than the transition of a local kid from Detroit to Ann Arbor. He will be a high-profile candidate for Mr. Basketball next season in the state of Michigan.

Sims joins K'Len Morris as the first two commitments for the Wolverines this recruiting season.

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