While at North Chicago High School a few years back, Aaron Simpson proved that he was worthy of being recruited at a high level to play college basketball. Simpson signed with the Illinois State Redbirds, but after he didn’t qualify academically, decided to go to Lincoln Junior College in Lincoln, Illinois. While at Lincoln, Simpson put up some hefty scoring numbers, averaging 23 points per game as a sophomore for the Lynx.
In March, Simpson decided to take his game to the next level and transfer to DePaul, which of course pleased DePaul coach Oliver Purnell.
“He’s going to be a big threat for us offensively,” said Purnell. “Just like anything else, he’s got to really turn up his effort defensively because he has the ability to be a pest. He’s just got to have that mentality. He’s a natural scorer, so he’s going to make an impact offensively.”
Even though Simpson is still familiarizing himself with the Blue Demons, that hasn’t stopped him from being able to score.
“He doesn’t quite know the offense, but he’s just doing it on natural ability.” Purnell said.
Simpson can be a pesky defender on the floor. Appropriately enough Simpson says that the focus in practice has been on defense.
“Everyday that’s what we stress, that’s what we practice,” said Aaron. “Once we bring our defense, our offense will come. Our guys will do a great job on ball screens, talking, and being vocal. We’re getting there each day. If we don’t play defense, we can’t win games. We’re trying to accomplish a goal this year, and if we play defense, that goal will be ours.”
That also includes a multitude of different defensive sets.
“We want to be able to switch defenses, two-three, man, full-court, half-court defense, we’ve been working on everything,” said Simpson.
In Saturday’s practice, Simpson found himself going head-to-head at the point guard position with DePaul sophomore Billy Garrett, Jr.
“Billy is a good guy,” said Simpson. “He pushes me every day and I get better. I try to push him as well. We’re both just looking to get better.”
While they have been sparring in practice, Simpson looks forward to playing on the floor in the same backcourt with Garrett.
“Me and him together is just fantastic, the ball movement, just creating offense for our team,” said Simpson. “Me and him will be good together out there. I’ve known Bill since high school. I know his game and he knows my game.”
Simpson Looking to Make Impact for DePaul
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