The Detroit Pershing Doughboys followed up a disappointing 2003/2004 season with a 2005 campaign in which they went 21-4 and made it all of the way to the quarterfinals. Junior forward Deshawn Sims led his club along the way, averaging 21.4 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. His efforts were good enough to earn Dream Team honors from both the Detroit News and Free Press. Though he continued to establish himself as one of the better players in the country, he was not totally satisfied with his performance.
"I was mediocre," Sims said of his performance this past season. "There was more I could have done, but I can't go back and change those things. We got pretty far though and I gave the effort."
Sims was more of a face up player through his sophomore year, but he really
diversified his game in summer and early fall. The hard work he put in allowed
him to improve a great deal with his back to the basket this season. The 6-8
230-pounder often left defenders in his dust after they attempted to guard one
of his array of devastating post moves. The gracefulness he attained practicing
ballet in his grade school was simply too much for most opponents to keep up
Now with his season over, Sims will be looking to improve even more. He will again run with Speedy walker's AAU club "The Family" and will relish the opportunity to get on the wing a little more. He is much more free to use his inside/out ability and will likely make even more noise than he did last year at this time. College coaches from his top five schools (Michigan, Michigan State, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Syracuse) will surely be keeping a close eye on him. One coach that will no longer be among them, though, is former Michigan assistant Charles Ramsey. That, however, has not deterred Sims' interest in Wolverines. "That doesn't affect me," Sims said. "It's still about the school. The coach is a factor, but it is still about the school."
Though Sims continues to hold the Maize and Blue in high regard, he is in no hurry to get his recruitment over with. "It's pretty much the same," Sims said regarding where things stand. "I think I'm going to decide in the fall. I don't have any plans for visits. I'm going to be concentrating on the Family, working on my game, and staying in shape. We started practice already and our first tournament is Boo Williams down in Virginia."
GoBlueWolverine will keep tabs on Sims throughout the summer.