Sim Rounds Out Bear '08 Hoops Class

The Bears made their second and likely final addition to their 2008 class with the verbal commitment of Sunset (Portland, OR) High School point guard Garrett Sim this week.

The versatile 6-1/175 Sim has the ability to play either the point or 2 guard at the next level. Cal Head Coach Ben Braun and Assistant Coach Mike Roberts, who was Sim's main recruiter during the process, told Sim they see him being able to play either the one or two with his ability to come off screens and shoot as well as excelling with the ball in his hands and overall strong decision-making ability on the court.

"I have a really good relationship with the Cal staff," said Sim. "They came up last week for an in-home visit and it went really well. They're fun to be around."

Sim gave Braun the word last night in a phone call that he decided to commit to the Bears.

"Cal has such great academics and has a lot of potential in basketball so it was just a real good fit for me," said Sim. "I really like the staff a lot, too and I'm really excited to play for them at Cal."

Sim's Apollo squad had a somewhat-disappointing '06-'07 season, finishing the year at 12-13. The 3 star Sim excelled, however, averaging a strong 18.5 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals a game for Sunset.

Sim sees bigger things in store next season, with the arrival Westview transfer Greg Shepard as well as the return of 3 starters from last year's squad.

As his stats indicate, Sim has a well-rounded game.

"I think my decision-making, shooting and ball-handling are my main strengths," said Sim. I like to penetrate and kick and give my teammates a good shot, too."

As for his ability to finish against strong competition, Sim noted that one of his goals this season is to work on increasing his strength but that he's usually able to finish strong and get his shot up off the glass. west coast recruiting analyst Greg Hicks had good things to say about Sim:

"Sim has a good frame and a live body," said Hicks this evening. "He's a young-looking kid and I think he has quite a bit of upside. He's nowhere close to mature physically and his best basketball is ahead of him. He has a nice stroke with three point range, a very good feel for the game and is an underrated athlete. He's also a good passer, with very good vision."

Hicks sees Sim as potentially the 6th rated point guard in the west region and a likely Top 100 player as rankings are revised.

Sim spent the summer playing AAU ball with Team Jones, a Portland-based squad of Oregon prep athletes. His squad was full of experienced players in Oregon City teammates Brad Tinsley and Sam Schaffer, Paul McCoy (Grant-Portland), Bryan Conklin (Eugene, OR) and D.J. Singler (Medford, OR) –all likely D1 players.

"We did really well," said Sim. "We got to the final 8 in the Main Event (in Las Vegas). We lost to Friends of Hoop (Seattle) on a last second shot and we lost in the championship down in L.A. in the summer.

"I felt like I played pretty well and we played really well together as a team. We all had our roles and it was a great experience to play together.

Sim plans to head down to Berkeley for Summer Bridge and to work out with the team after graduation in June.

Sim will reunite with fellow Sunset alum Sam Rayburn, who committed to the Bears out of high school but was medically unable to continue his career. Despite not playing, Rayburn still enrolled at Cal and had nothing but glowing things to say about the Cal staff and his Berkeley experience as a whole.

"Sam's been a real big help to me through the whole process," said Sim. "When I went down there, he showed us around and let us know about everything. He absolutely loves it down there and had nothing but good things to say.

"He grew up in Portland like I have, but he said that he'd stay down there even after he graduates because he loves it so much.

"He likes all the coaches and has a lot of respect for Coach Braun and the rest of the staff for sticking by him."

Sim had offers from Fresno State, Santa Clara, San Diego State, Portland and Boise State while also drawing recruiting interest from Stanford and Oregon State, amongst others before choosing the Bears. Top Stories