UConn On Arkansas Guard's List

York Sims is a versatile 6-1 combo guard from Clarksville, Arkansas.

It started off slow for York Sims, but he's getting into gear. The versatile 6-1 combo guard from Clarksville (Ark.) HS is putting it together at the right time for his Arkansa Wings AAU team, and he's hoping to finish strong at AAU Nationals at the end of July.

"It's been going pretty good - I've been trying to get back into shape," said Sims. "I pulled some muscles in my back, but it's going good now."

Sims got the chance to show off some of what he could do at the Great American Shootout in Denton, Texas. A lefty, Sims has a nice-looking jumpshot from beyond the arc, but also has the quickness to take defenders off the dribble. While he played mostly off the ball in Denton, he has experience playing both guard spots. "I like to shoot it, but usually I take it to the hole," said Sims, who noted that he is working on his defense and improving his right hand. "Since the beginning of my high school season I played at the two, because we had a very good point guard. But he wasn't pushing the ball like we needed to, so I played the one the second half of the season."

Arkansas, Connecticut, Oklahoma State, Southern Illinois, UTEP, Wichita State, and Stanford comprise Sims' current list. He claims two favorites. "Probably Arkansas since it's my hometown," said Sims. "Stan Heath is a good coach, and I've always been a fan of Ronnie Brewer. And Oklahoma State - I love Eddie Sutton."

While both Arkansas and Oklahoma State are closer to home, he is continuing to keep a school such as Connecticut in the back of his mind. "It's a really tough school to go to - but I'd love it there," said Sims. "It's high intensity."

Sims, who has yet to take the SAT, hasn't given that much serious thought to what he will take into consideration for what college he will choose. "I just want to go where I can help and put in work," he said.

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