The Peabody High (La.) 6-foot-5, 200-pound wing felt out of place after missing nearly the entire summer to remain back home and concentrate on his individual development.
``I don't think I played that good in Las Vegas," said Simmons, who suited up with the New Orleans Jazz. "It was the first time I played with them."
``They flew me down and I didn't know anyone," he added.
Simmons is a lock-down defender whose perimeter game is getting better. That's why he wanted to stay back and work to try and improve his shot.
``He played a lot of AAU ball last year and didn't get a chance to really work on his individual game, so this summer he worked with a personal trainer on his agility, speed and strength," Peabody coach Charles Smith said. "His ballhandling and his shooting improved tremendously."
``I feel like I improved a lot on my strength and my jump shot," said Simmons, who has added about 20 pounds since last season.
Simmons said that his recruitment hasn't suffered all that much despite being somewhat invisible. Simmons mentioned that Cincinnati has jumped in of late – and he also said that, LSU, Oklahoma, Mississippi and USC are in the mix. Smith added that Arkansas is also expressing interest.
``I haven't set up any visits yet and don't have a leader," Simmons said. "I'm taking the SAT on Sept. 22 and I'll try and take some visits after that." ``Whoever gets him is going to get a steal," added Smith. "He works his tail off. You tell him to run two miles and he runs three. He's a workaholic."