Simmons Headed To NC State In 2004
Herb Sendek's attention span is pretty sharp. The NC State head coach was able to focus this summer on the Class of 2003 but never forgot about the key 2004 target in his own backyard. That's right, the NC State coach has one eye on the present and one on the future. On Saturday, the future got a little brighter.
"I'm just calling to let you know that Cedric [Simmons] committed to NC State," West Brunswick head coach Dan McGougan said. Shortly after taking an unofficial visit to Raleigh, 6-9 forward committed to the Pack.
The Shallotte (NC) West Brunswick junior averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. However, it was a series of July in-state performances that led to recruiting interest from the likes of Wake Forest, North Carolina, Maryland and UNC-Wilmington.
Simmons, a 200 pounder, was able to showcase his talents at the Pepsi Mid-Summer Challenj and also with the Wilmington Warriors at the Charlie Weber Invitational. We weren't able to catch his act last month, but numerous reports indicated that Simmons had indeed raised his profile and entering his junior year was expected to be mentioned among the best players in the state.
So, what happened to the Wilmington-area standout to vault him into the spotlight? "He just matured physically," McGougan said. "He's gotten stronger and gotten some confidence."
And why NC State? "Well, they came at me the hardest over the summertime," Simmons said. "I just liked the coaches and the players."
Those who have seen Simmons tell us that he's a terrific prospect; kind of an athletic guy capable of doing a lot of things on offense and has the talent to be a fine shot blocker.
One thing is certain. He was the Pack's top target in the Class of 2004 and he's headed to Raleigh.