What a difference a year makes. At Gopher Team Camp 2015 many of the evaluators in the room watched 6-foot-9 Jericho Sims and thought “oh what could be” as he showed a glimpse here and there of his potential but was a long ways off from any serious recruiting attention.
Twelve months later Sims was not only leading his Cristo Rey Jesuit High School team with massive scoring and rebounding numbers at Gopher team camp but he was also playing point guard before entering the ball to the wing and then heading to the block.
The 6-foot-9 Sims has accumulated 19 division one scholarship offers to this point with 16 being at the high major level.
The most recent have come in from Clemson, Xavier, Memphis, Florida, and Texas. Other programs that have offered Sims include Minnesota (where his dad played basketball and brother played football), Kansas State (where another brother played basketball), and Nebraska.
Jericho has taken four unofficial visits to schools in June including the most recent to Nebraska and Kansas State. He was also at the University of Minnesota campus last weekend for camp and a meet with the coaches plus he had a full day unofficial trip to Minnesota earlier in the month.
“The visit to Minnesota was great,” Sims told GI. “It was good for me to see the new improvements they have for the following years. Things can only get better from there.
“During the visit I was introduced to most of the players on the team, I saw a visual blueprint of the future of the training facility and I was introduced to some of the other staff members on the team.”
Jericho is a very quiet young man who prefers to stay away from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and everything else (he doesn’t have an account for any of those social media outlets). Sims prefers face to face meetings which he’s had with the Gopher coaches several times.
“The staff at Minnesota are great people,” Sims said. “The visit there just cleared things up and answered my questions."
Jericho has a select group he’s hearing from the most at this time and he’s either visited these programs or would like to visit these programs.
“Nebraska, Dayton, Kansas State, Iowa State, Texas, Xavier, DePaul are the other teams I’m hearing from the most,” Sims said.
Jericho has been to Minnesota, Nebraska, and Kansas State this summer and a month ago GI was told that he wanted to also see Dayton, Iowa State, and Texas before the fall.
Sims is playing for D1 Minnesota on the Adidas circuit who is currently 23-1 on the year. Jericho starts in the middle next to 2019 standout Matthew Hurt and Goanar Mar with McKinley Wright and Ishmael El-Amin in the backcourt plus Wisconsin commit Nathan Reuvers comes off the bench.
The talent on the team is deep and Sims is doing his part. Through 24 games Sims is giving D1 Minnesota 7.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks a game shooting 56 percent from the floor.
“He has rebounded at a very high level,” said D1 Minnesota coach Jeremy Miller. “He gets rebounds that no one else has a chance to get because of his freak athleticism.
“Jericho provides a sense of excitement every time he touches the ball in paint because you never know when he going to put somebody in the rim.”
Sims averaged 22.9 points and 11.9 rebounds per game as a junior at his high school.