Heading into his official visit to Clemson on the weekend of Sept. 10, Aamir Simms had a pretty good idea that he was going to commit to Clemson.
Indeed, the visit sealed the deal for Simms, and on Thursday the four-star forward announced a verbal commitment to head coach Brad Brownell and the Tigers.
“I knew coming in it was a good chance I would commit, but I just wasn’t sure until I visited,” Sims said of the official visit.
“I chose Clemson because, when I stepped on campus I felt as though I was already enrolled in the school. The coaching staff, the fans, the academic advisors all made me fall in love with the school.”
Simms, a standout from Palmyra, Va., chose Clemson over Iowa State, Miami, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, VCU and Virginia Tech.
It was a huge pickup for the program. Simms is rated as a four-star recruit by all the major online recruiting services. The 6-foot-7, 215-pounder is ranked as the No. 90 overall player in the Rivals150 prospect rankings.
Brownell’s ability to develop players at his position, such as K.J. McDaniels and Jaron Blossomgame, was an important factor in Simms’ decision.
“Really big,” Simms said. “I feel as though they can develop me into an NBA-ready player, whether it’s my first year or second year and so on.”
Simms’ relationship with the coaching staff, especially assistant coach Steve Smith, was also very important in his decision.
“Coach Smith has been extremely important to me in this decision because we have a really great relationship,” Simms said, “and he has led me to making the biggest decision so far in my life.”
How does Simms feel now that his decision is behind him?
“Amazing,” Simms said. “I have zero regrets about committing. I’m extremely thankful and blessed.”
As a junior at Blue Ridge High School, Simms averaged 13.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Simms became Clemson’s second pledge in the 2017 class, joining Orlando (Fla.) forward Malik William.
At Clemson, Simms will be reunited with former Blue Ridge teammate and current freshman guard Scott Spencer.