Before mid-April and the onset of the spring evaluation period, Dyke (Va.) forward Aamir Simms hadn’t heard much, if anything, from the Iowa State coaching staff.
Yet as the 6-foot-8 prospect emerged during the spring evaluation period, it didn’t take long for the Cyclones to take notice. Following his first weekend in Dallas, Simms netted an offer from Iowa State, adding to his growing list of suitors.
“I actually had no idea that they were recruiting me until the second day of Dallas that they hit me up about how I played and stuff,” Simms said. “That following day, or on Monday, I think is when they offered me.”
Simms now holds offers from the likes of Clemson, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Miami, Penn State, Xavier and others as his recruitment picks up. While his relationship with Iowa State and lead recruiter Neill Berry is fresh, the Cyclones have had a clear message for him.
Iowa State coach Steve Prohm sees a lot of his departing All-American forward when he watches Simms play and has told him as much in their initial conversations.
“Me and him have been talking these past few days about what he likes about my game and what he looks for in me if I came to their school and whatnot,” Simms said of Prohm. “It’s mostly about how versatile I am. They said me and [Georges Niang] have a similar game, so if I came that would be something I would have to model my game into — not have to, but I’m already up there with his type of mindset and player mentality.
“I would be just like another him, but just me.”
Simms takes those comparisons as a strong compliment.
“Just to be compared to somebody with such accolades under his belt, I think that’s a very [exciting] factor recruiting me,” Simms said. “I think I can leave an impact just as he did… Following the footsteps of a great post player.”
Simms isn’t overly concerned with a program’s style as his versatility lends to different systems, including to Iowa State’s.
“I think I can fit in with any type of environment whether it’s running up and down or slowing it down,” Simms said. “If it’s slowing it down you’ll see me more in the block by the post area and inside the 3, but if it’s run-and-gun you’ll see me transitioning as the trailer man. It doesn’t really matter to me. I think I fit in well with their type of game and how they play.”
Simms may take some trips in June, but currently doesn’t have concrete plans. He will for sure take visits in the fall before making a decision soon after.
“As of right now I kind of lean towards before [my] senior year starts, like at the end of summer or during the middle of summer,” Simms said of a decision. “I’m not sure right now, but it’s most likely going to be before.”