Simons Says Decision Coming Soon

The Central Michigan University men's basketball program offered Cadillac (Mich.) High School wing forward Ben Simons a scholarship last year. Simons has been a difference-maker for his high school and AAU teams, now he must decide where he will take his game to the next level.

When you ask Cadillac (Mich.) High School head coach Jeff McDonald about his star player, Ben Simons, McDonald doesn't mince words.

"Ben is a marked man," McDonald said. "He's a 6-7 skilled wing player who can really shoot and handle the ball. Ben runs the floor well and has a high basketball IQ."

It's little wonder then that Central Michigan University has identified Simons as a priority recruit for its 2009 recruiting class. The Chippewas must battle the likes of Providence, Utah and Western Michigan for Simons though. All three schools, along with Wisconsin-Green Bay, Oakland and CMU, have offered Simons a scholarship.

"My recruitment is wide open right now," said Simons, who averaged 19.5 points and nine rebounds per game last season for Cadillac. "(CMU head) coach (Ernie) Zeigler and (assistant) coach (Darren) Kohne are great guys and we have a great relationship.

"A lot of my family is from Mount Pleasant so it would be nice to play there because it would allow my family and friends to watch me play," Simons added.

Simons' father, Dave Simons, was a member of the 1975 Class D state basketball champion Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart team. Ben is quick to point out though, that his family is letting him make his own decision.

That decision, on where he will play his college basketball, is expected to come very soon.

"I'd like to make a decision by the end of the summer," Simons said.

Actually, that decision could come even sooner, after Simons competes for his AAU team, the Grand Rapids Storm, in two July tournaments, including one in Las Vegas.

"Ben's waiting to see what happens in Las Vegas," McDonald said. "He's going to get more offers I'd guess."

McDonald said CMU would certainly be a good option for Simons.

"Central is an up and coming program," McDonald said. "CMU is doing some things that would be perfect for Ben."

With decision day nearing, Simons knows it will be a difficult choice and he can only pick one school.

"Utah thinks I can be a great player in the Mountain West Conference," Simons said. "I really like how CMU plays ball, always stressing defense and toughness."

"Ben has a lot of good options," McDonald said. "His family wants what is best for him."

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