Xavier Simpson Evaluation by Brian Snow:
Knowing the personnel that Michigan has, a pass first point guard who can get into the lane and make plays is important, which is Simpson’s strength. Also one of Simpson’s weaknesses, he is only 5-foot-11, is negated some because of the length that Michigan can surround him with.
While Simpson is by nature more of a set up point guard than scorer, don’t get it confused, he absolutely is capable scoring the ball. That said, some of his ability to score is going to be negated in college since the length around the rim in the college game relative to the high school game is going to bother him more than it would a taller and more athletic player.
Even though Simpson isn’t the tallest or most athletic, one of his strengths is his on the ball defense. There are very few prospects in the class that take as much pride in defending the dribble as Simpson. He uses his strength to guide guys away from the hoop and also he is a tremendous competitor with good lateral quickness. Combine that with him being an intelligent player, and Simpson is an excellent defender.
Along with Simpson’s ability in terms of skill and toughness, it is the intangibles that really separate Simpson as a player. He is a kid who is a winner in every sense of the word. Though he isn’t a great shooter, he wants to take the big shot, and just does every one of the little things that coaches love out of their point guards. He is a great communicator as well, and someone who should help the Wolverines win a lot of games.