The junior leading scorer and team MVP announces he will return to UW for a fifth, senior season rather than enter the NBA draft. His return makes the re-loaded, 2013-14 Huskies that much more potent.
Senior Aziz N'Diaye was honored with three awards, including the Harshman Award for the team's top rebounder.
The Huskies finish the 2012-13 campaign with a 18-16 record; drop in the first round NIT at BYU.
Abdul Gaddy has accomplished far more than that at UW, despite what you may have read or heard.
Scott Suggs scores 19 more points to continue his late-season surge, and Washington (18-14) blows all of a 19-point lead in the second half yet beats Washington State to advance to Thursday's second round against Oregon.
Oregon vs. UW Players Post Game Conference
UW vs. Cal State Fullerton Romar and Simmons Post Game Conference
Terrence Ross Dunk
Washington vs. Oregon
Washington State vs. Washington State - AP Photos
Photos from Washington and UCLA on March 9, 2012 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Washington men's basketball
Desmond Simmons Quick Notes
Finished among Pac-12 leaders in rebounds (6.5, 14th) and offensive rebounds (2.2, 12th)
Recorded the fifth-most rebounds (169) by a UW freshman in 2011-12.
Ended his high school career with 2,017 points, 1,540 rebounds and 297 assists.
Enjoys drawing in his spare time and is considering majoring in art.
Has an older brother, Christopher, that is a left-handed pitcher for Contra Costa CC.
2012-13 (Sophomore) - Second on the team in rebounding, third with 38 steals and 4th with 13 blocks ... grabbed 10+ rebounds 8 times this year (10 career) and has 3 double-doubles ... finished among Pac-12 leaders in rebounds (6.5, 14th) and offensive rebounds (2.2, 12th) ... suffered a cut over his right eye in the first half vs. Albany that required four stitches ... averaged 10 pts & 8 rebs in Connecticut ... set new career highs vs. Seton Hall with 32 minutes, 14 points, 12 rebounds and his first career double-double ... made his first start of the season (12th of his career) vs. Colorado State ... sparked UW against CS-Fullerton pulling down career-best 18 rebounds and scoring 14 pts ... 18 rebounds are most since Jon Brockman vs. Purdue in the 2009 NCAA tournament ... earned starte and nabbed 13 boards in just 23 minutes vs. Nevada ... notched his 3rd double-double of the season at Seattle U with 13 pts, 12 rebs ... 10 rebs and 3 steals at UConn ... only 4 pts and 5 rebs at WSU, but Romar annointed him game MVP after harassing Brock Motum to 15 points ... team high 13 rebounds in a career high 36 minutes at Stanford ... snagged 12 rebounds vs. Colorado ... season-low 2 rebounds vs. Utah ... came off the bench vs. Arizona after starting the previous 13 games ... had gone 12 games without scoring in double digits before scoring 10 vs. ASU, also 7 rebounds ... scored 6 pts and grabbed 5 rebounds in 12 minutes vs. Oregon State ... played 28 minutes vs. WSU ... had gone 13 games without 10 or more rebounds before snagging 11 in 17 minutes vs. UCLA ... 23.0 mpg, 6.0 ppg and 3.5 rpg in Pac-12 tournament ... scored 6 pts and dished 4 assists at BYU.
2011-12(Redshirt Freshman) - One of five players to appear in all 35 games ... maded 11 starts, with the team going 9-2 in those games ... ended up 5th all-time among UW freshmen with 169 rebounds ... earned a reputation as the Huskies junkyard dog that does a little of everything, is not afraid to mix it up and dive on the floor ... played 20+ minutes in 10-straight games after not playing 20 minutes in the first six games beford seeing that streak snapped vs. WSU ... had 13 consecutive games with 5 or more rebounds, before just 3 vs. Cal ... has 10+ rebounds in 2 games ... was 11th in the Pac-12 with 2.1 offensive rebounds per game ... averaged 2.0 points and 3.7 rebounds during the World Vision Classic ... played 16 minutes in both of the first two games, grabbing 5 rebounds vs. Ga. State and 4 vs. Fla. Atlantic ... made first career field goal, a 3-pointer vs. St. Louis... averaged 8.0 pts and 6.0 rebounds over the next 3 games after scoring 9 total pts in the first 4 games (2.5 ppg) and 3.8 rpg ... had his most efficient game vs. Houston Baptist scoring double figures for the first time and grabbing a 6 rebounds in 12 minutes vs. Houston Baptist ... grabbed an impressive 5 rebounds, scored 6 points & had 2 steals in just 9 minutes at Nevada ... career highs 7 rebounds vs. Marquette and also contributed 8 points ... season-hi 32 minutes vs. Duke, only scored 2 pts but had 3 steals, 3 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds ... averaged 26.5 minutes, 5.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.6 steals and 2.0 apg during NYC trip ... 9 points and 8 rebounds, plus 2 steals in 25 mins vs. UC Santa Barbara ... grabbed career best 11 boards vs. South Dakota State ... career-highs in field goals (5), FG attempts (9) and points (13) vs. CS-Northridge -- 13 pts led UW ... 11 points vs. OSU, plus blocked a career best 2 shots ... tallied his second career double-digit rebound game with 10 at Utah ... 7 points and 8 rebounds at Oregon ... 9 rebounds and 4 free throws at OSU, including a pair with 22 seconds remaining to help seal the win ... came off the bench and contributed 5 points and 7 rebounds vs. USC ... averaged 2.8 ppg and 2.0 rpg in the NIT.
2010-11 (Freshman) - Decided to redshirt the season.
Salesian HS (Vallejo, Calif.) - Rated as the No. 25 power forward in the nation by Scout.com and the No. 44 small forward by ESPN.com ... rated the No. 78 player in Basketball Times' Hoop Scoop ... received honorable mention in the Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West poll ... maintains a 3.2 grade point average ... named to MaxPreps 100 to watch for 2010 ... was a 2010 All-State first team selection for Salesian High School in Richmond, Calif. ... helped Salesian to a 32-3 record as a senior ... finished his prep career with 2,017 points, 1,540 rebounds and 297 assists ... 2010 and 2009 All-East Bay Player of the Year ... averaged 18.2 points and 14.2 rebounds per game as a junior ... coached by Bill Mellis ... earned Bay Shore Athletic League Most Valuable Player honors as a senior and junior ... helped propel a young Salesian team to a 31-4 record and BSAL league, North Coast section, Northern California and state Division IV title in 2009 ... scored 31 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in 65-64 state title victory over Bishop Montgomery ... named CalHiSports State Boys Athlete of the Week on March 28, 2009 ... scored 17 points and had 12 rebounds in NCS Division IV title game ... scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds in Northern Regional championship game ... poured in 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the BSAL championship game ... was second-team all-BSAL as a sophomore and helped Salesian to a 20-8 record ... played AAU ball for the Oakland Soldiers (2004-09) ... parents are Cynthia Montgomery and father is Mansfield Simmons, who played basketball at Morehouse College.
|Simmons Career Highs|
|Points: 14, 2x, last vs. CS-Fullerton, 12/2/12|
|FG: 5, vs. Cal State Northridge, 12/22/11|
|3pt FG: 2, vs. Houston Baptist, 11/25/11|
|FT: 7 at Seattle U, 12/13/12|
|Rebounds: 18 vs. CS-Fullerton, 12/2/12|
|Assists: 4, 2x, last at BYU, 3/19/13|
|Blocks: 2, 4x, last at Seattle U, 12/13/12|
|Steals: 3, 3x, last at UConn, 12/29/12|
|Minutes: 36 at Stanford, 1/12/13|