Simmons was coming off his best game of the season in the opening round, a 20 point, 13 rebound, 10 assist, and 7 block outing against Wilmington (NC) Hoggard High School.
He had just 12 points and 7 rebounds against New Hanover, while missing 9 of 11 attempts from the free throw line. The Wildcats used a four-man rotation to battle with Simmons, while limiting his touches in the paint.
Cedric Simmons was not selected for the McDonald's All-American team, which was announced at 4:30 PM Thursday afternoon. The power forward/center prospect will be in action March 24, 2004 in the EA Sports: Roundball Classic which is held in Chicago, Illinois at the United Center.