Jon Simon 5'11" PG Sr. Sunnyslope
It's Arizona Prep Basketball Draft Day, and you have the 1st pick. The State Championship is on the line, including your job as Head Coach. Your pick could elevate you to a championship and a big raise, or plummet you into unemployment and despair.
Your staff is bombarding you with their ideas of picking the best athlete, the tallest, the best shooter, and the player with the biggest "Rep" to save their jobs and yours. Evertson, Ziri, Waddy, Scott, Collins, Punch on down the list.
You calmly announce to everyone involved that your #1 pick will be Jon Simon, a PG from that 4A school on Dunlap. Well, you can only imagine the "look" you get.
Although Jon Simon is ranked #6 on my "top college prospects", I believe he is the 1st. piece to the puzzle in forming a Championship Team. Including a Conference Championship at the NCAA DI level! So what does that mean? Simon is the best Basketball Player in the State! Not physically, but mentally. And for a point guard, that is huge.
Many readers will disagree, "he is too slow, he won't get off his shot at the next level, he can't guard bigger-quicker guards" and so on…
My response is maybe your right, but I know Simon will adjust and do what it takes to succeed. The program that snags Simon will get a player whom will win, and make everybody around him better. In the past I have compared Simon to Danny Tarkanian of the Championship UNLV teams in the 80's. Surround Simon with athletes and it's all over baybee. This kid just gets it done.
More scorer than shooter, Simon and his patented "Lean" draws fouls like no other in the State. But what he does best is take what's given to him. Rarely will you see a forced shot or pass. Jon gets his teammates involved first and foremost, then looks to score or create himself.
Jon Simon will carry his school back to AWA and repeat as 4A State Champs this season, then look to move on, less the respect and publicity he deserves, and repeat the process at the DI level quietly and almost unnoticed. But no matter to Simon, he just wants to win!