Delbert Simpson is a 6-7 215 pound forward out of Tyler John Tyler. After spending his first couple of years at Tyler Junior College, Delbert is headed to Baylor to play for Scott Drew and staff. BearsIllustrated.com was able to catch up with Simpson as well as Coach Marquis from Tyler Junior College.
Simpson visited the campus of Baylor University on Wednesday and gave his verbal pledge to play for Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears before he left. Simpson came away impressed.
"It went really well. I got introduced to a couple of players and the coaching staff. I got a tour of the campus, and I saw the great facilities."
Simpson explained that he was able to meet with 7' sophomore Mamadou Diene as well as junior forward Richard Hurd on his visit.
"The players made me feel like I was welcome. They just made me feel comfortable."
The Baylor coaching staff seemed to make a bigger impression.
"The coaches are truly concerned about their players. They are all great guys. They showed me that they aren't just concerned about basketball. Grades are important, and it is important for them that their players graduate from college. I liked that."
As far as where Simpson sees himself on the court, Simpson explains a little bit his style of play.
"I am an inside-outside type of guy. I can shoot the 15 footer pretty consistently, and I can shoot the 3-ball. I am a 4, but I can handle the ball well enough to play the 3. On defense, I am a type of guy that can create havoc on defense. I can block shots, tip passes, and all those things."
Simpson explained that he is a team player and feels that if everyone is happy on the court it is a good recipe for success.
Coach Marquis, Simpson's coach at Tyler Junior College, explained that Simpson will be a great compliment to Mamadou Diene and Kevin Rogers down low.
"He is a skilled 4 man, he can shoot the 3 some, but he can run and finish. He is very athletic and has a strong body. He is not just a big body, he can shoot the ball. In our conference we played 22 conference games so you cannot be successful unless your are tough every night out. Delbert has a high intensity level, and I think he can be a real spark on that team."
Coach Marquis describes Simpson on the defensive side of the ball.
"He likes a challenge. He was able to guard small players, and he had to battle the opposing team's best post player every game. He is a really good shot blocker. He isn't one of those 'Hero' type shot blockers, but he will block your shot, get the ball, and make the pass."
Coach Marquis explained that Simpson has mature leadership qualities, and has a "positive posture" in the locker room.
"He is not a high-end ego type of guy, but he is a competitor and he doesn't like to lose."
If there was one common denominator among Coach Marquis and Delbert Simpson, it was the respect they have for Baylor head coach Scott Drew.
"I think the world of Coach Drew and that staff. Their commitment to their players' continued success, both academic and personal, is what has impressed me with that staff" explained Marquis.
Baylor now has one more piece to the puzzle as they start their run towards the 2008 season. Stay with BearsIllustrated.com for all the latest.
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