Simmons hearing from Clemson

Clemson is keeping tabs on a 2011 western North Carolina big-man, who got to show off his skills in front of the Tiger coaching staff earlier this month.

PF Jackson Simmons Profile

Shortly after Team Loaded lost in the finals of the Big Shots Tournament in Myrtle Beach, Jackson Simmons spoke with CUTigers.

Coach Brad Brownell and assistant Mike Winiecki were just two of several Division I coaches on hand at last week's tournament.

"Coach Brownell was at a lot of our games, so was coach Winiecki, he was at our games," Simmons said. "I have real good contact with them. Coach Winiecki called me when they first got the job. They wanted me to come down for a visit, unofficial in late May. I did that. It's pretty constant contact."

The visit was actually Simmons' first as a recruit. He'd been to Tigertown previously, but that trip was the first time he was able to see the ins and outs of the Clemson basketball program.

"It was pretty neat. The facilities are real good. Coach Brownell gave a very great impression. Coach Winiecki has left a great impression," Simmons said.

From just right up the road at Smokey Mountain High School (Sylva, N.C.), he's no stranger to Clemson hoops.

"They've sort of always been in my backyard. I've always loved watching them play basketball. It's pretty cool that they're calling me and talking to me," Simmons said.

Most offers are from mid-major programs, but several high-majors are showing interest.

Charlotte, George Mason, College of Charleston, Elon, Western Carolina, UNC-W and Old Dominion have all offered.

Along with Clemson, Stanford, Purdue and Butler are showing interest.

"If I could find out anything before the end of summer and have an idea, I'd love to make (a decision) before school starts," Simmons said. "If that's not the case, I would like to have it decided by the time my high school season starts."

Still waiting to see if Clemson offers, it would mean a lot to him if one does come through.

"It'd be a pretty big-time offer to get," Simmons said.

Through June 1 of the AAU season, Simmons was averaging 13 points and seven rebounds per game. At the Tournament of Champions, Simmons averaged over 14 points and eight boards per contest. basketball recruiting expert Dave Telep recently said of him, "Jackson is the lunch pail glue guy of the crew and he was outstanding in an easy win. He'll be the kid in college who maxes out his talents and plays his role exactly how the coach envisions. We caught him get 16 and 10 in a game.

"Runs the floor, battles for boards and his touch is solid to mid-range." Top Stories