Terp Sports Report caught up with Sims, one of the Terps' top targets in the Class of 2008, to get an update on his recruitment and his game as he prepared for the first day of class Wednesday.
Sims, rated by Scout.com as the No. 6 center and 26th overall prospect in the junior class, has been watched closely by Terps assistant and Baltimore hoops legend Keith Booth since he wasin eighth grade and is strongly considering the idea of being a Terp.
His top three criteria for picking a school, a decision he plans to make next summer, are academics, playing for a succesful program, and location.
"I like [Maryland]. It's close to home, so my family can come watch the games without spending a lot of money. I watched Maryland when I was younger. I like the way they play," he said.
Sims, a solid student who has verbal scholarship offers from Maryland, Kansas, Clemson and Boston College among others, would like to major in Business Management. He's also an AAU teammate of Terp commits Braxton Dupree and Dino Gregory. Gregory is his teammate at Mount St. Joe's as well.
"All three of us are real good friends," he said. "They tell me, 'There's no reason for you to go anywhere but Maryland."
Gregory is far from a finished product, which is to be expected from a 6-foot-9 16-year-old. He won't turn 17 until March and has been told he's got some growing left to do.
Last season, Sims teamed with Gregory and George Mason recruit Louis Birdsong to lift the Gaels to a 38-1 mark. Their only loss came in the finals of the [restigious postseason Alhambra Tournament, and their win total was the highest in Baltimore metro-area basketball history.
As for this year, Sims said he has a few things he wants to work on.
"I definitely want to work on getting stronger and my perimeter game," he said. "I want to be like a mini-KG [Kevin Garnett]."
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