An early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Named to the ACC All-Defensive team. Honorable Mention All-ACC selection. His 115 blocks ranks seventh best in school history. First player in school history to block at least five shots and dish out seven assists in the same game.
Sophomore (2005-06): One of the ACC’s most improved players. Averaged 11.8 points (up from 3.5 his freshman year). Blocked 80 shots (second most in school history in one season). Finished second in the ACC in blocks per game (2.5 bpg). Scored in double figures 22 times. Shot 58 percent from the field. Posted three double-doubles. Had a career-high 28 points, seven blocks, a career-high three steals and nine rebounds in loss to Duke. Totaled 24 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in two NCAA Tournament games. Recorded 13 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and a career-high eight blocks against Iowa. Had seven blocks in a game twice against Miami and Duke.
Freshman (2004-05): Averaged 3.5 points. Scored in double figures twice. Recorded 35 blocks -- the second highest total for a N.C. State freshman. Had a season-high 16 points and six rebounds in the first start of his career against Virginia. Had 11 points and six rebounds against North Carolina. Blocked two or more shots in a game 10 times. Finished 10th in the ACC in blocks.
Strengths: Huge wingspan and quick jumping ability make him a potent shot blocker. Plays hard and does not shy away from contact. Runs the floor extremely well.
Personal: Son of Mae and Thynell Simmons. Has a wingspan of 7-4.