Simons Rounds Out Drake's Class

Mark Phelps initial class at Drake is on the books and it's a good one. Ben Simons, a forward out of Michigan, pulled the trigger for the Missouri Valley program this week.

Back in July, Ben Simons was on the verge of breaking out. The Cadillac (Mich.) Senior forward was playing with the Grand Rapids Storm in Las Vegas when he injured his knee. At that point, the big schools that had been peeking at him ceased. Drake and Wisconsin-Green Bay never wavered and made Simons' decision a difficult one.

On Wednesday, Simons committed to the Bulldogs. Simons visited Providence, Green Bay and made an unofficial to Western Michigan.

"When I went down there on my visit I just liked everything," Simons said. "It felt right when I was there. Their style is similar to N.C. State and Arizona State so I think he's bringing some of those principles and all the players are kind of interchangeable."

As a junior, the 6-foot-8 Simons accounted for 19 points a game. He joins a strong Drake five-man recruiting class that includes players from 4 different states.

Simons has been on the recent road to recovery. The knee is shaping up and he's ready to roll in his final season. "It's a lot better. I've been working out since the beginning of September and its 100 percent."

Drake's stellar Missouri Valley class includes Simons, guard David Smith, and forwards Reece Uhlenhopp, Aaron Hawley and center Seth Van Deest.


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