According to multiple reports, Michigan’s latest pickup has made the unusual decision to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft, despite just committing to the Wolverines. However, he has declined to hire an agent, indicating that he may still end up in Ann Arbor for next season.
At Ohio, Simmons was easily the team’s most productive player, averaging 36.0 minutes, 15.9 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game. He was also key late in the season, scoring double-digits in the team’s final seven games of the season.
As a recruit, Simmons originally committed to Houston as a relatively unheralded prospect. Of course, he did later transfer to Ohio, where he become the most productive player for the Bobcats last season.
Simply put, Michigan is in a bit of an odd situation with regard to Simmons. Even though he just committed to join the Wolverines, he’s also in the process of getting evaluated by the NBA as a potential Draft pick. Whether you like the new NBA Draft process or not, it’s just an unusual set of circumstances.
The good (?) news for Wolverine fans is that Simmons isn’t projected to be an elite prospect and likely will head to Ann Arbor next season. Simmons may, indeed, play in the NBA at some point, but it probably won’t be next season.
But either way, it should be an interesting few weeks for both sides.