North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall point guard Kahlil Simplis stopped by Viejas Arena on Saturday afternoon to watch San Diego State take down Fresno State 75-53.
"Oh man I had a great experience," Simplis said. "I went home and told everyone about it. It was really fun."
"I just liked the atmosphere, how it was a college town and how they have so much support for their team. I loved that."
The 6-foot-0, 165-pound lead guard has been to a lot of college games but from start to finish, he witnessed something he's never seen before.
"Pulling up I just saw everyone lining up and it wasn't like a regular college game because I've been to USC and UCLA games but when we got to the San Diego State campus, I was just in awe to the atmosphere," Simplis said.
"The fans are involved with the cheers. I was sitting across from the student section and they were amazing. The fans were into it as well so they were excited to be at the game. You can tell they are excited to have a college in their town."
One thing that might have stood out to the sophomore more than anything was the Aztecs sneaker game.
"Everyone had nice shoes on I was like wow!" Simplis explained. "I'm sort of a sneaker head type of guy so when I saw these shoes I was like that's crazy. After the game we when we went to Jamaal Franklin's locker, he opened it and I was like wow. He had all the nicest shoes.
"He had some red Jordan 21's, LeBron James', he played in the Fighter Jet Foamposites that just came out and he had a couple other pairs of Jordan's. I was in awe."
Simplis is having a strong sophomore campaign for Campbell Hall who is currently (14-11) heading into the playoffs on Wednesday.
"I'm feeling really confident as a player this season," Simplis said of his game. "I'm starting to step up for the team and they need me. I just lead the team everyday in practice and in the games. It's a tough roll because coaches are on me the hardest but mentally you have to be ready for it."
What does Simplis bring to the table as a lead guard?
"Just how I can get into the paint and create for others," Simplis answered. "I'm not really a score first guard. I can score when I feel like it but I rather get my teammates involved to get them into game... I'm more of a pass first guard."
Simplis feels he must work on becoming more athletic to take that next step in his game. Especially since he notices that the "other top guards are really athletic."
"I'm going to be on the VertiMax, on the beach doing sprints and a bunch of squats," Simplis explained how he plans on becoming more athletic. "I do a lot of stuff. My legs are strong but I have to get those athletic legs. Need to get those butt muscles for explosiveness. I plan on being in the gym everyday this summer."
Oregon State, Gonzaga, Portland, Harvard, Rice, Pepperdine and New Mexico State have all shown early interest in Simplis.
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