A fast improving big man from the rising senior class? Jericho Sims from Minnesota checks that mark and that's why he's become one of the most highly recruited prospects ranked outside the Scout 100.
Last night he shined on national television during the adidas Nations event. Playing against Team Africa, Sims was 5-for-6 from the floor and finished with 10 points to help Team Rose get the victory, 105-92. That earned a third place finish for his squad in the ESPNU telecast.
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Sims plays high school for Cristo Rey Jesuit in Minneapolis. There as a junior this past winter he averaged in the neighborhood of 22 points and 11 rebounds.
The flood of offers, however, came this spring and summer when he hit the adidas Gauntlet circuit with D1 Minnesota. He now holds multiple offers from the Big Ten, Big East, SEC, ACC and Big 12.
Indiana watched Sims in April and multiple times in July including the adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas. That's when our Jeff Rabjohns caught up with Sims to confirm Hoosier interest in the Minneapolis power forward.
"They have (reached out), they're just looking," Sims said.
Texas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Nebraska were four schools he mentioned in Las Vegas as following him closely and a trip to Texas is on his calendar for later this summer. The Horns offered back in April and he's pulled in recent offers from Connecticut, Ohio State, Oregon and Creighton.
Sims told us he's already visited the campuses of Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas State.
Jericho Sims has an impressive basketball frame and is equipped with wide shoulders and a lengthy set of arms. In time, his body will continue to fill out and he should end up a very strong college basketball player. He's a good athlete that runs the floor well. The southpaw is currently a good rebounder and has good instincts. Offensively, he's still a little raw and must continue to develop some moves on the block. With that said, because of his physical features, athleticism and mobility there's a lot of upside with Sims.