We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Finley Simmons of Mount Tabor.
We’ve seen Simmons multiple times, including at our most recent Phenom All-American Camp, where we stated, “Continuing onto a player that consistently made an impact through his high-motor approach, Finley Simmons. He’s a scrappy, team-first guard prospect with the ability to create havoc on both ends of the floor. Simmons is an active cutter and finds scoring opportunities without necessarily requiring the ball in his hands. He can knock down midrange jumpers at a solid clip or make the extra pass to open teammates. Next in his development process is working on his ability to shoot off the dribble, as it would make him a more dynamic offensive threat. Coach Black on Simmons: “Finley was arguably the hardest worker on this team. He played with a nonstop motor and made hustle plays a consistent rate throughout the weekend. He found ways to fill in the gaps on both ends of the floor and provided us with a steady presence. Finley displayed a positive attitude. I enjoyed coaching him.” Simmons made a nice impact during camp and should be poised for a solid upcoming season.”
Though Simmons was already a useful rotation piece on last year’s roster, his value has increased even more with their current squad. He’s a smart, steady, natural glue-guy with a high motor and willingness to make hustle plays on both ends of the floor. Simmons offers an unselfish approach and consistently competes for rebounds on either side of the ball. He’s a capable all-around scorer with an understanding of how to apply pressure from all levels from within the flow of the action. Simmons can set up others, find opportunities as a cutter, and make an impact without requiring a ton of offensive touches. He’s been a major contributor throughout the current season and will be a prospect to watch over the next calendar year.