Nov. 19, 2002
Seattle - Tre Simmons, a 6-foot-5 junior college wing player who prepped at Seattle's Garfield High School, signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Washington, men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar announced on Tuesday.
Simmons is currently a sophomore at Green River Community after playing his freshman season at Odessa (Texas) College. Last year he averaged 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and two steals per game for a Wrangler team that compiled an 18-4 record. Odessa placed second in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference with a 7-1 record and advanced to the junior college regional championships.
As a senior at Garfield, Simmons averaged 13 points and eight rebounds while helping the Bulldogs to the semifinals of the 4A state tournament.
Simmons will have two years of eligibility when he enrolls at Washington next fall.
Simmons was rated the nation's No. 3 junior college wing forward by Van Coleman's FutureStars Magazine. He was listed as a fifth-team All-America selection by Street & Smith's preseason basketball publication. He also received national top-10 small forward acclaim from The Sporting News.
"Tre is a very versatile guard," says first-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar. "He is a complete offensive player. He makes things happen. He is long, he can defend, he can really score the ball and pass the ball. He's multi-dimensional which fits right in with what we're trying to do in terms of our versatility at all positions. He wants to be at Washington. He loves Seattle, he loves the University and we are very, very excited to have him.
"Tre was always a good player, but he is just one of those guys who maybe didn't get the recognition by all of the scouting services out of high school. He went off to junior college and just got an opportunity to be seen. He also has improved since high school."