Simons Picks Pack
Herb Sendek now has two commitments for the Pack's 2002 effort. Like his first one, Sendek didn't have to travel far to nail down Burlington (NC) Williams center Adam Simons.
"They were kind of the ones that have been all along recruiting me," Simons said. "The scholarship became available when Gilchrist decided to go to Maryland."
Simons said that Richmond had offered him a scholarship and Wake Forest was going to offer, but they wanted him to wait a little bit and then filled their final roster spot with Chris Ellis late last week.
"North Carolina was just starting to come into the picture and came to watch me play and started talking to me not too long ago, Simons said.
Simons made an official visit to Raleigh three weeks ago and attended the NC State-North Carolina football game on Saturday. His father is the head coach at Elon and his stepmother is the women's head basketball coach at Duke, so his basketball pedigree is on solid ground.
Simons weighed about 200 pounds when he played in Las Vegas with the Indy Metros, but apparently has made it up to 210 since the close of the July period.
"In 24 years of coaching high school basketball as far as being able to play the game, he's probably improved more than anyone I've ever coached," Williams coach Tommy Cole said. "Three years ago, he just got so tall so quick and had a growing spurt. In the 9th or 10th grade, he was 6-5 or 6-6 and was just all legs. This summer, he's probably put on 25 or 30 pounds and just improved.
"Realistically, he's going to have to put on some weight but he runs the floor and shoots so well. State hasn't had the tall kid for a long time. Adam's 7-0 and almost 7-1 with shoes on."
Last year, Simons averaged 16 points, 13 boards and 3 blocks.