UCLA Getting Involved with Simon

Temecula Valley (Calif.) point guard Justin Simon was recently offered by UCLA and has plans for a visit to another Pac-12 school...

Many UA fans have wondered how Tyler Dorsey's commitment would affect Arizona's standing with 2015 Temecula (Calif.) Temecula Valley guard Justin Simon.

According to Simon's AAU coach, Sunny Deen, Dorsey's commitment won't play a factor in Simon's decision.

"Tyler is a really talented kid who has been highly rated for a long time for a reason," Deen said. "But he and Justin have different styles. Dorsey's commitment doesn't affect Justin at all. Justin is looking to set his own path."

With some elite physical tools combined with an advanced skill set, it comes as no surprise that Simon would want to compete against the best.

"The thing about Justin is he is so versatile and at the same time he just wants to win," Deen said. "Sometimes that might entail running the show and getting everyone else involved. Other times he might have to focus on the scoring, but with his mental makeup and size he can do a lot of things on the court."

Flirting with a triple double on game by game basis has drawn the attention of big-time college programs.

"UCLA and Oregon offered recently and he is getting a ton of interest from places like Kansas and Connecticut," Deen said. "We would like to get out on some visits and see some of these places. Justin has been to a few UCLA games, but hasn't toured the campus and talked with the advisors or anything like that."

There is one visit coming up on the horizon that has Deen excited.

"Justin is going to visit Arizona for the Stanford game," Deen said. "It's such a great program and Miller has done just an amazing job there. Plus they were on Justin early and that is something we realize."

There is a rough target date for Simon to start winding down the recruiting process.

"After April we would like to narrow down the list a little bit,"Deen said. "That should be enough time to get an idea of what schools we're serious about and then hopefully make a decision around summer time."

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