Simon (6-9) to pose matchup problems galore?

IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES -- a 6-foot-9 scorer with range from downtown. Think that might cause some matchup problems for opponents? Patrick Simon today faxed in his signed Letter of Intent to WSU and Ken Bone thinks he can be an immediate contributor as a freshman -- as a 6-9 scorer on the perimeter. Meanwhile, what about the other Cougar verbal commit? CF.C spoke to him this afternoon.

First off, however, Patrick Simon. He's been verbally committed to Washington State for coming up on three years now, having first pledged to WSU when he was just 14-years old. Although he's 6-foot-9, look for Simon to do most of his offensive work for the Cougs on the perimeter, said Bone.

"We think there are times that he might be able to go inside and post up a little bit -- because he does have some nice little post moves. But I would foresee him playing the majority of the time on the perimeter," said Bone.

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Simon's ability to hit from the outside, and score off the dribble, has Bone thinking he can instantly contribute when he arrives in 2010.

"I think he will be able to, he's just such a great shooter," said Bone. "We have a team of good shooters, but we don't have a lot of three point shooters. Just the other night, Klay Thompson was 4-for-4 from the three-point line -- and the rest of the team was 1-for-9. Now, I don't think that will always be the case but we would love to add a few more shooters to our program, and Patrick is one of those guys.

"He not only has the nice shot, but he's very good with the shot-fake and putting it on the floor and getting it to the rim. And if not, it seems like he puts it on the floor and finds other people. But his perimeter skills are pretty good from what we've seen."

SIMON WAS rated 4-stars by analysts and tabbed the No. 12 small forward prospect in the nation before suffering a stress fracture in his foot that cost him his entire junior season. He's now at 3 stars and rated No. 43 at that position headed into his senior campaign.

Bone said he or a member of his staff was at virtually every single game Simon participated in this summer, and concerns about his foot are minimal.

"There's always a little concern anytime a person has surgery, it usually doesn't come back exactly 100 percent but I think he did a great job with his rehabilitation, his therapy, he took a lot of time off and came back gradually -- and then showed it last July when he performed very well during the summer," said Bone.

Simon's prep coach told CF.C last week that Simon this summer "averaged about 25 points per game on our school team and his traveling team ... The foot gets stiff and will for awhile, which is normal, but it should be as strong or stronger," said Brandon Everson.

Before the injury, Simon earned All-State recognition en route to helping Ephrata win the state 2A title as a sophomore in 2007-08. He's now two inches taller and 25 pounds heavier at 6-9, 205.

Bone said Simon, who will move to shooting guard for Ephrata this season after a career at forward, has a high basketball IQ and the other requisite skills to go along with his height -- but the thing Bone kept coming back to again and again today is Simon's shooting. In addition to this summer, Bone watched him for two seasons of AAU ball before that while coaching at Portland State.

"He's a very skilled player who has good length and he's an outstanding shooter with good range...I was envious of the fact that he'd be a Cougar instead of maybe being at Portland State where I was coaching. I think he's a player that has a very good basketball IQ, he knows how to play, he's unselfish and yet he's also a great shooter," said Bone.

L-R: Ephrata coach Brandon Evenson, Athletic Director Michelle Webb, Patrick Simon

CF.C SPOKE TO Faisal Aden around 2 p.m. today. The 6-4, 185-pound junior college combo guard (20.4 ppg last season) verbally committed to WSU on Monday (see CF.C story) but had not as of this afternoon faxed in his signed Letter of Intent to Washington State.

"I was going to send it in today but I had a flight to catch, I'm getting ready for a tournament. But we'll probably send it in later today," said Aden.

Bone cannot comment on a recruit until he signs but did say there's one more they're waiting to receive an LOI on.

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