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Simms officially a Tiger

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Aamir Simms officially became a Tiger on Tuesday when he signed his national letter of intent to play at Clemson during a ceremony at his high school.

The four-star forward from Blue Ridge High School in Dyke, Va., took some time to speak with The Clemson Insider about his signing.

“It felt amazing,” Simms said. “It was an unforgettable moment mainly to see my mom smile ear to ear.”

Simms committed to Clemson on Sep. 22, choosing the Tigers over Iowa State, Miami, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, VCU, Virginia Tech and others.

It was a big pickup for head coach Brad Brownell and his program, as the 6-foot-7, 215-pounder is rated as the No. 90 overall player in the Rivals150 prospect rankings.

Simms said it feels great to have the recruiting process all the way behind him.

“Great man,” Simms said. “I can completely focus on this upcoming season and developing my game.”

As a junior, Simms averaged 13.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

Simms begins his senior season tomorrow, and he is prepared to replicate last year’s success as he rounds out his career.

“Right now I’m focusing on being a leader,” Simms said, “and stepping up for the team and contributing in any way possible.”

What can Clemson fans expect to see from Simms in the future?

“They can expect to see a hard worker, a leader, scorer and rebounder who can defend,” Simms said.

Simms resides with A.J. Oliver, Clyde Trapp and Malik William in Clemson’s 2017 recruiting class.

He can’t wait to get on campus and get to work.

“I’m thinking about it every day, man,” Simms said. “It’s been on my mind nonstop.”

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