Freshman-to-be guard Jaaron Simmons (photo courtesy of WKEF-TV ABC 22)
April 18, 2013
HOUSTON - Archbishop Alter High guard and Ohio Player of the Year Jaaron Simmons became the newest member of the University of Houston Men's Basketball team when he inked a National Letter of Intent with the Cougars on Thursday afternoon.
Simmons, who will be a freshman with the Cougars in 2013-14, was an award-winning star at Alter High for head coach Joe Petrocelli. As a senior in 2012-13, he averaged 24.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game while leading the Knights to Greater Catholic League, district and regional championships and a berth in the state tournament semifinals.
Simmons, whose first name is pronounced Juh-ron, finished his prep career as the Knights' all-time leading scorer and ranked second in career assists. He was the first freshman in school history to start for the varsity for a program that produced John Paxson and Jim Paxson, among others. The Dayton, Ohio, native chose Houston over Wichita State, Butler, Xavier, Dayton and UCF.
Earlier this month, he was named the Ohio Player of the Year by JJHuddle.com. Previous JJ Huddle Players of the Year included current Michigan guard Trey Burke and two-time recipient and former Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger.
"We are extremely excited to have Jaaron join our program," said head coach James Dickey, who will be in his fourth season with the Cougars in 2013-14. "He is an outstanding student-athlete and a class young man. Jaaron is a tremendous guard who can distribute, make his teammates better and also score. He is a great competitor and unselfish player, and we look forward to his arrival in Houston."
Simmons, who measures 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, began his senior season with a 38-point effort against Miami Valley High and never looked back. Simmons went on to score at least 30 points in a game five times and totaled 28 points against Marion-Franklin High in a Division II regional semifinal, scoring eight points in the final five minutes of that playoff contest.
As a sophomore, Simmons averaged 17.3 points per game and was named to the Division II All-Area First Team by the Dayton Daily News. He was the only underclassman on that postseason squad.
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Dayton, Ohio Archbishop Alter HS (Knights)
ABOUT JAARON SIMMONS
Outstanding guard who can distribute the ball but can still score... Great competitor and unselfish player... Talented all-around athlete... Possesses a good change of speed, which allows him to get into the lane and finish or dish... Good scorer who has a nice pull-up and can bury the jumper.
KETTERING ALTER HIGH SCHOOL
Competed for head coach Joe Petrocelli... Played for All-Ohio Red AAU Team... Chose Houston over Wichita State, Butler, Xavier, Dayton, Southern Miss, UCF and Tulane. Senior (2012-13): Averaged 24.0 points per game while hitting nearly 47 percent from the field... Also tallied 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game... Led team to a 16-5 record and the Greater Catholic League North championship... GCL North Player of the Year... Earned Special Mention on the Associated Press Division II All-Ohio Team... Scored 30 or more points five times in a game... Became the sixth player in school history to score 1,000 points or more during his career... Finished as the Knights' all-time leading scorer... Only freshman to start for the varsity team in the history of the program... Scored 28 points to lead the Knights to a win against Marion-Franklin High in a Division II regional semifinal... Posted eight points during the final 4:44 of the game... Scored 29 points to lead Alter High to the upset against No. 1 Thurgood Marshall High... Opened the season with 38 points against Miami Valley High. Sophomore (2010-11): Named to the Division II All-Area First Team by the Dayton Daily News... Only underclassman on the squad... Averaged 17.3 points per game.
First name is pronounced Juh-ron... Born April 8, 1995.