The Detroit Free Press is among other media sources reporting that the Ohio University point guard has notified Bobcat coaches of his intention to move on. His next uniform, according to reports, could be maize and blue – as in the uni’s worn by Michigan Wolverine players.
Simmons, a First Team All-MAC player . . .
Simmons stepped up for Ohio in 2016-17 after former MAC Player of the Year Antonio Campbell went down with a season-ending injury. Simmons averaged 20.3 ppg and 5.8 assists over the final 16 contests.
Michigan would be the third collegiate stop for Simmons, who started out in Houston. He played two years for Ohio.
While Simmons is leaving, coach Saul Phillips on Wednesday announced a new addition to the Bobcat hoops program. Guard Teyvion Kirk of Jolliet, Illinois joins an incoming group of guard Zach Butler, forward A. J. Gareri and forward Ben Vander Plas.
Kirk competed at Joliet West High School -- the same high school former Bobcat guard Jeremy Fears attended -- under head coach Nick DiForti. He helped lead the Tigers to a 24-6 overall record and a second-straight appearance in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A sectional title game as a senior in 2016-17, averaging 19.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
He garnered Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A/4A Second Team All-State honors, Associated Press Class 4A Honorable Mention All-State and Southwest Prairie Conference Most Valuable Player recognition. His junior campaign of 2015-16 saw the Tigers go 21-10 and capture a sectional championship. Kirk also competed for All-In Y&R on the AAU circuit under coaches Stanley Boateng and Steve Parham.