Arizona picked up another commitment in the 2015 recruiting class in guard Justin Simon. Simon, a 6-5 combo guard, will bolster the Wildcats’ perimeter defense.
Out of Temecula Valley High School, Simon is one of the best prospects in the state of California. In head coach Sean Miller’s tenure at Arizona, he has made it a priority to recruit the best players in California and Simon is the next in a long line of talented Californians playing at Arizona.
“Coach Miller was really excited,” said Simon. “He told me that they love me and were looking for a guy as versatile as me. He thinks I’m a great fit for them and they’re really happy to have me.”
Long and athletic, Simon is a physical presence as a guard. He is known for his high level athleticism and all-around game.
“It’s always been my dream school and once they offered me, I knew it was the right fit because I love Arizona,” said Simon. “It’s a great program and a great coaching staff. I love everything about it; it’s the style of play and the kind of system I’m looking for.”
“I can play with Parker and Tyler,” says Simon. “The reason I chose Arizona is to surround myself with great talent. I want to play with Tyler, Parker and the other guys who are going to join us. Those are great players to play with and I feel like I’m a great player to play with as well.”
Check out this player description from PGU’s Recruiting Database:
Athletic guard who can handle the ball and pass….. Prefers to attack the hoop and finishes with a dunk frequently….. Long arms allow him to make acrobatic finishes when driving….. Gets off the floor easily, really good vertical athlete….. Is a good passer and loves to set teammates up….. An asset in transition because he can push the ball and pass or run the wing and finish….. Creative dribbler, not just a straight-line driver….. Jumpshot is a work in progress, can be streaky and form can be erratic….. While he can handle the ball and pass, Simon is not a true point guard or game manager and his shooting excludes him from the shooting guard position, might be best off as a small forward at the college level….. Needs to become more confident catching and shooting….. If Simon can become a more complete offensive player, he could be a very dynamic perimeter player who slides between the 1-2-3 positions, which has obvious appeal.