Michigan has formally announced the addition of graduate transfer Jaaron Simmons on Tuesday.
While it has been public knowledge for a few weeks, a program cannot comment on a transfer until the player goes through the necessary proceedings to be accepted into the university. Now, U-M can add crucial depth to the point guard position after losing senior leader Derrick Walton Jr. to graduation.
"Jaaron will bring additional leadership, experience and court awareness to our team," head coach John Beilein said in a statement. "His playmaking and vision on the floor are outstanding and he can really score the ball, too. Best of all, Jaaron is a terrific young man and teammate who we are excited about coaching next year."
Simmons spent two seasons at Ohio University and finished the season with 15.9 points and 6.5 assists per game on the way to receiving All-MAC first team honors. He started his collegiate career with Houston, playing in 32 games before deciding to transfer to Ohio.
He sat out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
"Michigan was the perfect fit for me because I will be able to continue to learn and grow as a player and as a person," Simmons said in a statement. "Playing under Coach Beilein as well as with my future teammates, we have the potential to do some very special things next year. I look forward to the opportunity to do whatever I can to help reach those goals."
While announcing his decision to transfer to U-M, Simmons also entered his name into the NBA Draft without pursuing an agent. He has since withdrawn his name and will return to school for his final year of eligibility.
Simmons is eligible to play immediately.
In the same release, U-M says that walk-on Sean Lonergan will not pursue a fifth-year and will begin a career in tech consulting.