Hysom ZarrougComment

Who's Up Next Player Profile: HS Senior G, IMG Academy Anfernee Simons

Hysom ZarrougComment
Who's Up Next Player Profile: HS Senior G, IMG Academy Anfernee Simons

Let me preface this before I dig deeper. I am totally in favor of abolishing the one-and-done rule for a multitude of reasons, which I’ll probably explain in a different piece. Now, in the case of Anfernee Simons, I’m rather confused. I watched the tape of his post-graduate year at IMG Academy, and though he looks the part of an NBA player, he also looks the part of a kid who's going to be stuck in the G League for the majority of his first couple seasons. Scouts have him pegged as a mid-to-late first rounder in 2018, and I think that’s about right. His potential as a scorer is tantalizing, and he combines an elite first step with a silky-smooth jumper from deep and the bounce to one day compete in the NBA dunk contest. With that being said, he’s not an R.J Barrett-type talent who jumps off film and has you shouting, “I’ve found the No. 1 pick!” He’s also old for his class, turning 19 in July, and has yet to add any muscle to his frame -- which will definitely cause him trouble from the onset in the NBA. Overall, I think he’s an intriguing talent who could one day turn into a prime-time player with the right opportunity, but at the moment, this is a rather peculiar decision and his development is going to take a lot of patience.