Sims signs letter of intent

LEXINGTON, Ky. –Junior college All-American Rekalin Sims has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Kentucky next season, Coach Tubby Smith announced Thursday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. –Junior college All-American Rekalin Sims has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Kentucky next season, Coach Tubby Smith announced Thursday. Sims, a 6-8 power forward from Vallejo, Calif., earned first-team All-America honors this spring after leading Salt Lake Community College in scoring (19.4 ppg) and rebounding (9.6 rpg).

"Rekalin is a versatile player who will fit in well with our system," Smith said. "As you can tell by looking at his numbers, he had an outstanding career at Salt Lake Community College. We're excited about the things he can offer Kentucky basketball on the court and the education we can provide him in the classroom."

Sims, a product of De La Salle High School in northern California, will be a junior at Kentucky in the fall. He's a two-time Scenic West Athletic Conference Player of the Year and led the conference in scoring during both seasons at SLCC. He also led the league in rebounding this past year. He was coached at SLCC by Norm Parrish.

Sims led the Bruins to a 27-6 overall record this season. He averaged nearly 19 points a game as a freshman at SLCC, where he guided his team to a 22-10 record. Sims played one year at Maine Central Institute, a prep school in Pittsfield, Maine, averaging 15 points and four rebounds a game before moving on to Salt Lake Community College.

Sims played both baseball and basketball in high school, leading his team at De La Salle to a 64-8 record I on the hardwood in his two seasons on the team.

Sims joins center Jared Carter of Georgetown, Ky., and guard Adam Williams, of St. Alban's, W. Va., in the 2005 UK signing class. He chose the Wildcats over Indiana, Auburn and Arizona State.


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