Desmond Simmons To The Pac-10

Desmond Simmons' strong play this spring was rewarded with a scholarship offer. Actually, he reeled in a bunch of them but on Monday night he accepted the one that made the most sense.

The Washington Huskies, on Monday night, added a versatile player to its 2010 recruiting class. Desmond Simmons, the East Bay player of the year out of Richmond (Calif.) Salesian, committed to the Huskies. He had a plethora of Pac-10 interest and offers.

"I made a commitment to Washington," Simmons said. "I've liked the program for a while."

Simmons averaged 19 points as a junior and was essentially the top player in Northern California. He's been a good player on the traveling team circuit with the Oakland Soldiers this spring. His pledge to Washington came on the heels of an unofficial visit last weekend.

"I wanted to make a visit before I made a final decision and it was a matter of me visiting the campus. Once I talked to Coach Romar face to face I had a good idea of where I wanted to go."

The buzzword with Simmons is versatility. He's a 6-foot-7 combo forward who takes 3s but runs and boards. He's a unique piece of the Huskies recruiting puzzle.

"They see me as a versatile guard that guard multiple positions on the court as far as guarding a three, two or maybe a one. I'll be versatile on the team, playing on the wings and the block as well."

Simmons is rated the No. 18 small forward in the junior class.


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