Late June and July is a popular time for offers to go out. SMU offered a handful of 2017 and 2018 players before the start of the first July live period, and among them was St. George (Va.) Blue Ridge School four-star power forward Aamir Simms.
“It was right after the top 100 camp, when they started showing interest,” Simms said of SMU. “They talked to my coaches first and then they talked to me. I really had no idea it was going to happen.”
Larry Brown stepped down at SMU’s head coach on July 8, not long after Simms was offered. Initially Simms thought he would eliminate SMU from consideration, but after talking on the phone with assistant coach Jerry Hobbie, he changed his mind.
“I had a change of heart,” Simms said.
Simms is playing AAU for Team Loaded VA on the Adidas Uprising circuit. He also played in the NBPA top 100 camp in Charlottesville, Va. in June. In the short time SMU has been recruiting him, Hobbie has been his primary recruiter.
“I know of the program, but I haven’t really looked into them yet,” Simms said. “I wait until a school offers, then do my research.”
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Simms hasn’t trimmed his list of nearly 15 offers yet or taken any officials. He said Clemson, Miami (Fla.), Florida, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Virginia Tech have been recruiting him the hardest recently.
“Virginia Tech, they’ve been on my since my freshman year,” Simms said. “Then Pitt, and coach JT3 (John Thompson) at Georgetown, Notre Dame with coach (Mike) Brey, he’ll check in sometimes. And Miami with coach (Jim) Larranaga, we talk a lot, almost daily. And Florida with coach (Michael) White and VCU with coach (Will) Wade, we talk a lot too.”
Simms, the No. 89 overall player for 2017, hasn’t planned any visits yet. After his July tournaments finish, he said he will talk with his family and set up five official visits for August and September. He plans to take all five of his visits and make a decision after that.