July 1, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio University men’s basketball head coach Saul Phillips has announced the addition of guard Jaaron Simmons to the Bobcats’ roster.
The Dayton, Ohio, native comes to Athens after spending his freshman campaign at the University of Houston. He will sit out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules and have three seasons of eligibility remaining, beginning in 2015-16.
“You’re looking at a kid that had an unbelievable high school career in this state and he’s the type of kid that we’ll be going after on a regular basis,” Phillips said.
“What drew me to him was that his personality meshed very well with mine from the get go. I really value relationships with my players, particularly at the point guard position. It has to be a guy I can communicate with, and Jaaron and I think alike. He’s going to be a great fit in Athens.”
Simmons, a 6-foot-1-inch guard, saw action in 32 games for the Cougars in 2013-14. He starred for Archbishop Alter during his high school career, averaging 24.0 points per game as a senior en route to earning Greater Catholic League Player of the Year honors. He led the Knights to a GCL Championship in 2012-13.
Simmons finished his career as the Knights' all-time leading scorer and ranked second in school history in career assists. He is one of just six Archbishop Alter players in school history to post 1,000 career points and was the first student-athlete in school history to start as a freshman.
Simmons joins incoming freshmen Kendall Crute (Marietta, Ga.), Mike Laster (Detroit, Mich.) and Ryan Taylor (Gary, Ind.) in Ohio’s Class of 2014.