EL SEGUNDO — Anfernee Simons’ track to his pre-draft examination Tuesday with a Lakers was an surprising one.
Then again, what was so opposite about it?
Simons’ tour could turn hackneyed earlier rather than later, as some-more NBA hopefuls abandon a well-worn trail from high propagandize to college to a pros. Simons, an 18-year-old guard, skipped college in preference of a fifth year of high propagandize before dogmatic for a Jun 21 draft.
After attending Edgewater High in Orlando, Fla., Simons designed to play during a University of Louisville. But when Louisville became a aim of an FBI review into crime in college basketball, Simons decommitted and enrolled during IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Simons averaged 22.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 2017-18 during IMG, a prep propagandize and sports academy founded by eminent tennis manager Nick Bollettieri, who tutored and mentored Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Mary Pierce and Monica Seles, among many others.
Simons’ athleticism and flexibility held a courtesy of scouts during a NBA Draft Combine final month in Chicago. Additional pre-draft workouts have taken him from Chicago to Phoenix to Portland and El Segundo in new days, with some-more stops to come, including Utah, Orlando and New York.
His idea during his examination with a Lakers was simple.
“Me being so young, we usually wanted to uncover them we could play with anybody,” he said.
He didn’t trust skipping college puts him during a disadvantage.
“At IMG, it’s kind of like a college year, so we was means to get clever in a weight room, and we feel like that helped me, as well,” pronounced Simons, who entered high propagandize station usually 5-foot-9, yet was totalled during 6-4 during a breeze combine.
Asked about his IMG experience, he said, “Everybody plays a sport, so everybody has their goals, their aspirations. It’s some-more a business side to it. Everybody likes to have fun, yet during a same time we know when it’s time to take caring of business, it’s time to take caring of business.”
Simons concurred his preference to abandon college was a subject of review during interviews with NBA teams during his pre-draft workouts. Only a handful of players have skipped college before entering a draft, with some spending their one-and-done deteriorate in Europe instead.
He hoped it wouldn’t be a cause in his selection, though.
“I usually tell them I’m assured we can make a jump,” pronounced Simons, who worked out underneath a sharp eyes of Lakers executives Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka. “When we go out there, we feel like we can do all well. we wish to uncover when we have a round in my hands, we can do everything.
“I can shoot, pass, rebound, play defense.”
Simons also pronounced he hoped he’s not a final NBA carefree to skip college.
“I consider some will, depending on if they’re assured adequate to do it,” he pronounced of others presumably following his path. “I feel like a lot of kids are assured enough, yet it takes certain players to do it. we feel like if they’re assured adequate they can do it and go forward and make a jump.”
Simons was one of 6 players who worked out Tuesday for a Lakers, fasten Khadeen Carrington of Seton Hall, Gyorgy Goloman of UCLA, William McDowell-White from Australia, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk of Kansas and William Lee of Alabama-Birmingham.