April 30, 2013 at 2:46 pm #10255
Saw this, and wanted to start a thread to dicuss Simelton. Below is a Q & A question with the High School hoops/recruiting writer for the Chicago Sun-Times:
QUESTION: Crystal ball time for you. Take one player in the senior class and forecast which one not named Jabari Parker will have the biggest impact on his college team as a freshman?
— Tom Badillo of Mokena
HOOPS REPORT: When you combine pure talent + level of play + opportunity, then for the Hoops Report that equals Miles Simelton. For the level he signed, the Oswego guard is the biggest recruiting steal in the Class of 2013. He has a chance to be a dynamic player in the Patriot League.
Most every college coaching staff will tell you how excited they are about their recruits. When talking with a Lehigh assistant a couple of weeks ago on the recruiting trail, they are ecstatic about Simelton. And they should be. He has an opportunity to come in and start from day one. Simelton has work to do going forward, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he were the Patriot League’s Freshman of the Year next season.
I assume the writer doesn’t know much about Lehigh or Mackey McKnight returning at point guard but he seems familiar with the level of play and clearly thinks Simelton is going to be a stud in the PL. To me it sounds like he thinks Simelton is the recruiting steal of 2013 NATIONALLY (of course he doesn’t know everyone, but it gives an idea of how good he thinks Simelton is). Very interested to see how the backcourt shakes out next year with the returnees and all the newcomers.April 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm #10256
Watching video of MS, clear he will be on the court next yr. He is truly multidimensional on O. A creator. D will decide his PT. Given the depth of returning backcourt, absent injuries, guess he will be JR coming off the bench. Had to sneak in my Knicks.
Going to be an interesting yr. So many new faces.May 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm #10265
I was pleasantly surprised reading this. I thought this kid was an afterthought in the class, but apparently not. If this kid is truly this talented, he is going to be on the floor, it sounds like immediately. PL Freshman of the Year?, you have to get minutes for that to happen. Creates an interesting logjam. I guess at this point, you may have to pencil him in as your backup PG, with MM as the starter. Perhaps, the majority of CS’s minutes are going to come at the 2 next season, or perhaps, MM spends some time at the 2. I think you may also have the possibility of MS and AP leaping other more established players, if they are that talented. It seems like they both could be 15-20 minute guys. CR has gotten a lot of love on here, and we all love his athleticism, but can he really find minutes as well? Somebody’s minutes are going to have to drop to get these guys run, and maybe it is AD and SC. Plus, JRG, where will he fit after his transfer? I can’t wait to see this new class. We are excited about the incoming bigs (JC, TK and SW), but we could be really deep in the backcourt as well, especially if AP and MS blossom in 2-3 years. If nothing else, I think we will be the most athletic team in the PL.May 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm #10266
On paper (offers, postseason accolades, scouting reports), Simelton is one of the most highly touted recruits entering the PL this year. Certainly not an afterthought.
JRG will almost certainly be sitting out this year, so he likely won’t factor into the logjam in 13-14. I think AP will be able to play the 3 in certain line-ups and I don’t think we will see him at the 1 at all. I certainly think it’s possible that these freshman leapfrog some of their older teammates. What is most interesting to me is how MM, CS, and MS will share minutes. All three seem to be point guards first, although all three can probably play some at the 2. My guess is a lot of 3 guard line-ups but there are so many unknowns it is hard to predict minutes for anyone aside from MM.
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