Recruiting Trail: Justin Simon Commits to Arizona

Sean Miller has further cemented his reputation as one of college basketball’s best recruiters with the addition of combo guard Justin Simon. The Temecula Valley high school Junior is currently one of the top ranked guards in the nation, and is due to bring some excitement to the 2015 recruiting class.

What Simon brings to Arizona

At 6’5, Simon has a great balance of power and finesse for the point guard position. His size and athleticism makes Simon extremely versatile.  Simon has nearly a seven foot wingspan,6’11 to be exact,  which allows him to guard three positions. His superior court vision and handles help create lanes and scoring opportunities for both his teammates and himself. Simon’s combination of size and skill make him a prospective triple double threat.

“Simon is a versatile backcourt player with length who thrives in transition and on the defensive end of the court,” Eric Bossi said, a recruiting analyst for Rivals.

How he fits

Arizona is referred to as Point Guard University for a reason. Sean Miller’s guard expertise will allow Simon to thrive, because he is a definite fit for Miller’s scheme where good defense translates to easy offense. Simon doesn’t hesitate to push the ball up the court in transition, and his defensive play will undoubtedly lead to a variety of those opportunities. Simon joins fellow five-star recruit, Tyler Dorsey, in Arizona’s class of 2015.Dorsey and Simon will challenge Gabe York and Kadeem Allen for a chance at being the Wildcat’s primary ball handler. It will be interesting to see how compatible Dorsey and Simon will be because they both prefer to play with the ball in their hands. This may make it necessary to have one come off the bench.

Room for improvement

Simon has yet to develop a fluid jump shot. This is a very typical difficulty for a young player like Simon, and Arizona has a history of developing shooters. This is a challenge that the Wildcat coaching staff are prepared to handle. Solomon Hill went from hitting four 3-pointers his freshman season, to making 57 in his senior year, 39% of his total 3-point shots. Derrick Williams made four 3-points as a freshman, and the sunk 42 of 74 3-pointers the next season. If Simon learns how to shoot, he has the potential to become a bonafide superstar. Also remember that Simon still has a year left of high school, giving him more time to work on his shot before he even hits the floor for the Wildcats.

Whats next for the 2015 recruiting class:

With 2015 currently consisting of two guards, we should look for Miller to get bigger with his choice of recruits. Arizona has currently extended offers to 12 players that are all ranked in the top 60 for the class of 2015. The Wildcats will surely turn their attention towards top centers Stephen Zimmerman and Diamond Stone. Other top prospects include Ivan Robb, Derrick Jones, Chase Jeter, D.J. Hogg, Daniel Giddens, Tyler Davis, Chance Comanche, Jaylen Brown, Isaiah Briscoe, and Carlton Bragg. Arizona’s 2015 brand is already promising, and if the Cats land even one of these players they will surely have a top-10 ranked recruiting class.

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