City of Palms: Chris Sims

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Piney Woods needed a layin in the closing seconds to hold of Chaminade, I mean host Bishop Verot. caught up with Piney's leading scorer junior Chris Sims after the close call.

Chris Sims is a neat kid. He's a move-in from Jackson, Miss., to Piney Woods and he's emerging as a player. Even though he doesn't really know it yet.

"I'm not that good," Sims said. "I want to get better. I think I have the two best coaches in the country. They take their time with me. Everybody doesn't learn the same way, everybody is different."

Including Sims. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard who, according to his coach, has a 3.2 GPA and loves school, is a big fan of journalists. In fact, he might be one. He's really enjoying the classes at Piney Woods.

"They enhance your ability to think more," Sims said. "We have a journalism class at the school and I take it."

On the court, Sims has a developing game. He's a two-guard with strong perimeter game, especially mid-range and in. He's a decent athlete who needs to put some polish on his scoring package but there exists a chance he could blossom into a high level player.

"I think he's a mid-major guy (right now)," Piney Woods coach Wayne Brent, a former Ole Miss staff, told "He would have to handle the ball a little better. He's a tough kid."

Brent said his player regularly receives mail from Ole Miss (Rahim Lockhart, a former player is Brent's assistant), Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Arkansas.

"I want to play at the highest level," Sims said. "I have to keep playing and getting directions from my coaches."

So far so good. 23 points against Bishop Verot keeps the positive momentum he generated early during the event moving on right through Christmas.

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