Detroit Pershing star Deshawn Sims has had a longstanding love for the University of Michigan. The affair began long before he was a highly coveted basketball recruit. At a time when his hoop talents weren't yet discovered, his mentor and former middle school coach, Herman Cooper, was advising him on the importance of education. That point was stressed for Sims (and many of his friends) with frequent campus trips to Ann Arbor as a youth. As a result, the Maize and Blue has always been near and dear to his heart. Today he decided to follow it by committing to spend his college days as a Wolverine.
"It was a feeling, man," Sims told GoBlueWolverine in a conversation earlier today. "Michigan, Syracuse and Michigan State were my only three options. For a minute I was feeling Syracuse. I was considering all of them, but this was just a feeling that I've had. It was the feeling I've had about [Michigan] for a long time. The feeling of being comfortable."
Sims phoned Michigan coach Tommy Amaker on his way home from Chicago early this morning to reveal his decision. "He was happy," Sims said of Amaker. "He just told me congratulations."
The 2006 basketball recruiting class gets a much-needed boost from Sims' addition. Scout.com's #37 rated player nationally is considered by many, including us here at GoBlueWolverine, to be the top in-state prospect this year.
The recruiting attention focused on Sims crescendoed in the last month after dominating performances during the Reebok Big Time tournament. His showing helped lead his club, the R.E.A.C.H. Legends, to the round of eight. While many may think that prompted Sims to expedite his process, he indicated that the increase in attention had very little to do with it. "Nah, it never really got to me," Sims said of the hard sales pitches from his suitors. "I was the one putting pressure on myself. People can't put pressure on you unless you let them do it."
With his decision now out of the way, Sims' focus switches fully to his senior season. With the Mr. Basketball award as one of his goals, he is poised to lead the Doughboys on another playoff run. "We're looking real good," Sims said of his team. "We're going to try to win the city and the state championships."