#OTRHoopsReport: Prospect Evaluation – D’Marcus Simonds-Nov, 18, 2014
Mississippi State has landed a commitment from junior D’Marcus Simonds of Gainesville, Georgia
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D’Marcus Simonds – (Gainesville, GA.), –Atlanta Celtics– 2016
Position: Shooting Guard
Committed College: Mississippi State
D’Marcus Simonds stock soared over the past year, going from virtually unknown to becoming a top 100 player nationally. Our staff witnessed his ability first hand, watching him in several events around the country. Simonds is an attacking wing that can get to the rim and score on a consistent basis. He has good size, length and is athletic. He finishes above the rim in transition where he is a threat to go coast to coast. Simonds is also a good defensive rebounder and a top notch defender. His quick hands and great lateral foot speed along with his effort makes him capable of defending all three perimeter positions.
3/15/14 – The Elite Preview (Norcross, Ga.) – Brandon Clay
Simonds is great 15 feet and in. He can attack and smooth with the change of direction. He loves the mid range jump shot.
2/5/14 – HS Season (Buford, Ga.) – Brandon Clay
Simonds gets to the rim as well as any guard in the state. Once he gets into the paint, he finished it with either hand scoring at the rim against four-star CJ Turman (Tennessee signee). Simonds finished through contact making him a tough matchup even without a consistent jump shot. He was the most impactful player in a game with five high major prospects and had 29 points here against Tookie Brown (GA-15).
11/23/13 – High School Season vs. Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.) — Jonathan Hemingway
Simonds is an intriguing prospect because of his combination of length, skill and athleticism. He appears to be most comfortable playing off the ball, but he showed glimpses of being a capable lead ball handler. Right now he is best at shooting the midrange jumper. He didn’t show the 3rd level burn needed to get to the rim consistently. I would put him in the comparison of Brandon Paul, who played at the University of Illinois.
11/20/13 – Vs. MLK (Buford, Ga.) – Brandon Clay
Simonds is a tough cover in the open floor. His game at this stage is reminiscent of a young Jeremy Lamb. Simonds isn’t the perimeter shooter the Lamb was but can create and finish like he did. He’s a right-handed shooter who will have to work on that skill going forward. His athleticism is impressive and so is his competitive nature. That said he still has some maturing to do both on and off of the hardwood
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