Still early for Simon, Pac12 showing interest

2015 Temecula (Calif.) Temecula Valley point guard Justin Simon took a break from dunking on opponents in Garden Grove (Calif.) during the second evaluation period of July to update FOX Sports NEXT on his recruitment...

2015 Temecula (Calif.) Temecula Valley point guard Justin Simon has already picked up interest, and offers, from multiple programs on the West Coast including New Mexico, San Jose State, Santa Clara, UC Irvine and University of San Diego.

The 6-foot-4 180-pound guard thinks the Pac-12, amongst others, could be next. "I'm being recruited by Oregon, USC, Oregon State, Washington, Notre Dame, Penn State, Iowa, Villanova, Miami, Kansas State," Simon told FOX Sports NEXT in Garden Grove (Calif.) during the second evaluation period in July. "There's a lot more that I'm forgetting but that's who I can think of right now.

From what my coaches are telling me, if I keep playing well then I'll get some offers soon," Simon continued. "I'm just going to keep working hard, keep my head up, staying humble and just keep working. That's what I'm going to do."

Simon says there's no real dream program for him. For now, he's just enjoying being a kid and is enjoying the recruiting process, attention, and feedback from the college coaches. "It's a dream come true," he said. "But this is just a start so I'm waiting to finish and I'm looking forward to it."

Among the notable coaches watching Simon over the weekend included USC assistant Tony Bland, who Simon calls "my guy". The Trojans have yet to offer Simon, telling him they want to see him develop a killer instinct. In front of Bland on Friday Simon started to do just that, driving through the lane, dunking multiple times over his opponents. "I know I can play," he explained. "If I just get that killer instinct, that's all I need and that's what they've been telling me for awhile."

Simon attended the Trojans Elite Camp in June, he says he has "high interest" in the program. "Their new coach from Florida Gulf Coast, I saw what they did last year and I went to do that – it was impressive what they did."

For now, the soon-to-be junior isn't naming any favorites or narrowing down his options. He does say, however, that he's looking at programs for their style of play and location. "Location is big for me," Simon explained. "I just recently traveled to Hoop Group Elite Camp, it was back east, I can really play all over the country, but you can't beat California weather so I'm liking that right now."

Simon added that his family would support whatever is best for him, but that they wouldn't mind seeing him stick close to home, either.

There are no unofficial visits planned for Simon's immediate future. "Right now, I'm not sure until I talk to any more coaches later on," he said "USC right now for sure will be an unofficial. I'm going to try to hit up Tony Bland or Jason [Hart] to get that on the calendar."

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