Simmons makes early decision for Dawgs

Washington received some good news last night when Tre Simmons, a 6-5 shooting guard from Odessa JC in Texas made a verbal commitment to play basketball for Lorenzo Romar and the Husky basketball team for 2003. Simmons, a former hoops product from Garfield High School in Seattle is ready to come back and help build up the Husky program.

Marc Matsui, correspondant to the Seattle Times, spoke to Simmons today to get his thoughts on coming home and being a Dawg. Marc's story will be published in the Times tomorrow morning.

"I love it. I think nobody can stop us," Simmons told Matsui of the Garfield connection at the UW. "They weren't really recruiting people out of Seattle, they might have had one or two people, it's changed now and Romar's a good guy," Tre said of UW's general recruiting during his senior year in 2000 when Bob Bender was the Head Coach at Washington.

Simmons averaged 13 points per game and 8 assists per contest as a senior for the Bulldogs. "He's a good ballplayer," said Bill Nance of TheFinalScore.TV. "He was on a very deep Garfield team his senior year and they did a good job of spreading the wealth. He'll be a good 2 guard in college. He's a great athlete, very smooth. He's just a very steady guy. He wouldn't blow up but just played very consistently in the scheme Garfield had."

That team included USC-bound Roy Smiley, Ed Roy, brother to UW signee Brandon Roy and Michael Thompson. Thompson is at Green River CC right now and could very well be another UW target for next year. Tre actually looked at GRCC after a brief stint at Bellevue Community College a year after his high school graduation but chose to go to school at Odessa instead.

"I really did want to get out of here and showcase my talent somewhere else and it made me be more of a man and take care of my responsibilities down there," Simmons said of his time at Odessa. "My jumper's improved, I'm smarter and I have more confidence," said Simmons of his improvment from high school.

Tre has one more year of JC ball left and when he receives his AA next spring he will head back up to Seattle to come home and play for the Dawgs with three years to complete two years of eligibility. Top Stories