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A-10 Spotlight Player of the Week: Mike’l Simms-VCU Rams

College Players in the Atlantic Ten Conference do not have a cakewalk. The conference is one of the toughest in the nation. The experts say the conference is one of the top ten in the NCAA. The young man being featured this week is a member of the VCU Rams who is chasing George Mason for the conference lead. Mike’l Simms may not be a standout but he is playing D-1 ball in the A-10.

Simms grew up just down the road in Richmond Virginia, he is the son of Lorez Simms and Bennika Lockley. He was born on August 2nd, 1997 in Richmond. He proudly wears the nickname “Kello”. His coach describes him as “a very versatile player who can play multiple positions.”


Crowley Community College

Simms did not just get promoted to VCU, he had a one season stint at Crowley Community College. It was there that he was impressive as he knocked down 160 out of 365 shots from the hardwood. His success did not stop there. 54 of those shots were from three-point range. The stat that jumps out at me is 73-89 (.820) from the charity stripe. He was 2nd team all-conference and the CCC male athlete of the year in 2017. He was impressive in his final stretch at this level scoring 25.6 PPG in his last eight games. I think he really knocked it out of the park tallying 44 against Pratt, then he made a homecoming to VCU.


Simms Makes an Impression At VCU

His stats have not been crazy at VCU, however, the Rams are already loaded. Simms appeared in every single game off the bench as a sophomore. In 17.3 minutes of action, Simms scored 17.3 points per game and 34 times he was successful in adding three to the board. On February 28th of that year, he was responsible for 20 points against George Mason. He really broke out at the Maui Invitational where he averaged 9.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. So far this year, he averages 4.3 points and shoots over 83% from the free-throw line.

He may not be the best ever but he deserves small recognition. Simms will only improve as he learns more into his senior season next year.


Theme For VCU Could Be Great For Simms

Remember, I said Simms was not a great standout player for the Rams. However, the Rams have a tradition of winning tough games in easy ways. A simple style and a winning culture are what allows Simms to play hoops at this level. Will Simms be able to make a national appearance on the big stage? There is only one way to find out and that is the A-10 conference championship from Barclays Center March 13-17. This is where the best of the best will clash for greatness. Mike’l Simms may be in the mix of the toughest conference colliding and a trip to the “big dance”.

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