Trip Report - Desmond Simmons

Last year, Salesian (Richmond, Ca.) swingman Desmond Simmons led his team to their first-ever CIF crown by scoring 31 points and hauling down 19 boards in the championship game. Now a senior, he's focused on getting his team back to the championship game, but this past weekend he finally took his official visit to Washington, the school he signed with nearly two weeks ago.

"I got up there Friday morning, about 11 o'clock," Simmons told Monday afternoon. "Coach (Lorenzo) Romar picked me and my mom up and then we had some lunch near the gym.
"After that, I went to the shoot-around and watched the team work out and then I got to hang out with them until their game (against San Jose State)."

Simmons is big in his own right, registering at 6-feet-6 and about 210 pounds, but until he got to sit behind the bench for the game he didn't have much to go on with how a lot of the players were compared to when he's seen them on T.V.

"It's so much different than seeing them play on T.V.," Simmons said. "I mean, I'm not intimidated or anything, but it was really cool seeing how they all were in the game and what I had to look forward to.

"There were a bunch of times I pictured myself out there with them, playing in front of that crowd. The Dawgpack, that group was great. All of the fans were really into it and the atmosphere was amazing. It was a lot of fun."

Simmons admitted that the only drawback to things for he and his mother was the cold, damp weather, but he said that is something he can get used to.

"My mom isn't a big fan of cold weather, but other than that she loved it," Simmons said. "For me it's not that big of a deal. I knew it would be cold, but I didn't know how cold. I can get used to it though."

Saturday was more of the same for Simmons and his mother as they got to experience parts of the city of Seattle including having brunch with Romar and assistant coach Paul Fortier at Salty's before hanging out with his future teammates and then heading to the Romar household for dinner.

"(Romar's) wife cooked for us and some of the players came over and spent time hanging out," Simmons said. "We watched some football and ate and just got to know each other. It was a great experience for both me and my mom."

With recruiting done, Simmons will now focus on the start of his senior season of basketball and said "we're ready to make another run at a state championship."

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