Simmons’ goal to ‘Keep Dayton on the rise’

Five Dunbar High School guards have taken their considerable basketball talents to the next level and beyond.

Jaaron Simmons will do the same for Alter.

“They’re doing good things,” said Simmons about Dunbar grads Norris Cole (Heat), Daequan Cook (Bulls), Geron Johnson (Memphis University), Ryan Bass (Oakland) and Andre Yates (Creighton).

“I’m going to make a name for myself and keep Dayton on the rise.”

Simmons, a 6-foot-2 guard, closed out his senior season with an incredible high-scoring postseason run that ended with a Division II state semifinal loss to eventual champion Columbus Watterson.

Last week he signed with Houston, picking the Cougars over Butler and Tulane.

He already has passed college entrance exams and will graduate in June with a 3.0 GPA. Even better, Houston was in need of a point guard.

Here’s what Simmons had to say about that and more:

Q Why Houston?

A Their style of play is different. Houston plays more of my style of play. I like to get up and down the court. They have a good situation for a point guard to come in and be able to work for minutes and earn playing time. They have a lot of good pieces, but we need a point guard. I’m gonna take care of that.

Q What made Houston special?

A They’ve got a lot of tradition. They’ve got a great coaching staff. The have the leading scorer in Conference USA (Joseph Young; 18.0 ppg), the (CUSA) freshman of the year (Danuel House; 12.4) and a first team All-CUSA player (TaShawn Thomas). … We’re gonna make some noise.

Q Ready to make the transition from scorer to set-up guy?

A It’s always different. As an AAU player, I played with a lot of talent. It’s more of a traditional pass-first point guard in AAU. At Alter, I knew that I had to score. It’s great to be able to do both. That’s one thing that (Houston) really liked about me.

Q Former Dayton coach Brian Gregory wanted you. Current Flyers coach Archie Miller also pursued you. Why aren’t you headed to UD?

A They got a new coaching staff. Their recruiting process is a lot different. They still recruited me pretty hard, though. They picked up two guards (Kyle Davis of Chicago Morgan Park High School and Dayshon Smith of New York City, who attended Putnam Academy in Connecticut) in my class. There was no reason for me to go there once two point guards were already there. … They offered two guards before me and they both committed.

Q Was there more recruiting interest in you as Alter progressed through the postseason?

A It was a great way to go out. As far as AAU-wise, my recruiting stock was pretty good. Just more schools kept coming in throughout the season. I had a lot of offers. Houston was in there the last couple weeks of the season. They were in the gym a lot.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

Centerville’s Wenzler caps high school golf career with state title
Centerville’s Wenzler caps high school golf career with state title

Teammates, family and friends were huddled around Centerville senior golfer Marissa Wenzler as score after score was posted at the Division I state golf tournament Saturday at the Ohio State University Golf Club. Wenzler’s second straight 1-under par 69 and two-day total of 2-under 138 on the Gray Course had already been written on the board...
Friday football scores for week nine

Football Friday’s Results Alter 42, McNicholas 0 Anna 51, Parkway 13 Ansonia 42, Tri-Village 20 Badin 38, Chaminade Julienne 21 Bellbrook 61, Oakwood 12 Belmont d. Ponitz, forfeit Bethel 54, Bradford 0 Bluffton 43, Ada 14 Butler 27, Sidney 9 Carroll 33, Purcell Marian 13 Centerville 17, Fairmont 0 CHCA 50, Norwood 0 Clermont Northeastern 13,...
Ohio State-Purdue: Boilermakers lead at halftime
Ohio State-Purdue: Boilermakers lead at halftime

Ohio State trails Purdue 14-3 after another sluggish first half by the Buckeyes.  The Boilermakers struck first on a 13-yard pass from David Blough to Isaac Zico.  They scored again late in the second quarter when Bough hit Rondale Moore from four yards out.  Ohio State’s only points came on a 24-yard field goal by Blake Haubeil...
Ask Hal: Are fans underwhelmed by Reds manager candidates?
Ask Hal: Are fans underwhelmed by Reds manager candidates?

Q: You said you would jump into the Ohio River if Billy Hamilton doesn’t win a Gold Glove, so are you getting nervous? — DAVE, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek. A: Didn’t you see me at Bass Pro Shop purchasing a wet suit and a snorkel? Hamilton should have a mantel full of Gold Gloves, but has none. Why not merits an investigation...
Bengals at Chiefs: 5 storylines to watch in Sunday night’s game
Bengals at Chiefs: 5 storylines to watch in Sunday night’s game

The Cincinnati Bengals weren’t able to break a losing streak in the series against Pittsburgh last week, but now they have a chance to try to end another drought. Cincinnati (4-2) will battle the prime-time beast as it looks to bounce back from a seventh consecutive loss to the Steelers. The Bengals, who gave up the game-winning touchdown with...
More Stories