Desmond Simmons, noted primarily for his rebounding and defensive contributions, will transfer from the University of Washington and play his final year of college basketball at a smaller school, perhaps a mid-major, where he can play immediately and have a larger role. It is not yet clear where Simmons will transfer.
Simmons confirmed Friday on his Twitter account that he will leave Washington:
Appreciate all the support I’ve received over the last four years while being a Husky. I’m very… http://t.co/XN2LZdaMPJ
— Desmond Simmons (@30dezz) March 29, 2014
A fourth-year junior last season, Simmons missed the first six weeks of the campaign with a knee injury. When he returned, he appeared in 22 games, making 10 starts. Simmons averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds while averaging 21 minutes per game.
The 6-foot-7 forward enrolled at Washington for the 2010-11 season and red-shirted that year. He had his best game as a Husky Dec. 12, 2012 against Cal-State Fullerton with 14 points and 18 rebounds, both career highs.
Simmons would have lost minutes in 2014-15 to 6-foot-10 sophomore Jernard Jarreau, who missed last season with an ACL tear, and Robert Upshaw, a 6-foot-11 center who transferred to Washington in 2013 from Fresno State.
Don’t really like this. He’s a good player who gives them depth in the front court. I think he could have stood a chance at starting at SF. Hope things work out for him.
I don’t like it either, although I’m not sure how he’d have lost minutes to a couple of bigs when he’s a 3. It’s Kemp Jr. who’s going to see his PT go down.
At any rate, best of luck to Des wherever he lands. I kind of like players who work hard on defense and can hit the boards.