#25 Aamir Simms

Palmyra, Va.
High School:
Blue Ridge School

Started all 34 games for the Tigers in 2018-19 … completed freshman season after appearing in 34 total games and making 12 starts … provided excellent size and athleticism on both ends of the floor to make an impact both offensively and defensively … expanding his skill set to provide outside shooting to pair with his inside game … one of two frontcourt signees in the 2017 signing class … rated a consensus four-star prospect … played two seasons at Blue Ridge School.

Appeared and started all 34 games this season … doubled points per game average from freshman season (4.0 points per game to 8.1) … shot 44.1 percent from the field and 33.1 percent from distance … improved free throw shooting by nearly 20.0 percent from freshman season (57.7 percent to 75.0 percent) … grabbed a career-best 157 rebounds, including 50 on the offensive glass … improved rebounding by nearly 1.5 rebounds per game (3.2 rebounds per game to 4.6 rebounds per game) … finished second on the team with 25 blocked shots … added career-high 34 assists and career-high 21 steals … scored a career-best 274 points … knocked down  a 3-pointer in 23 games this season, including making at least two in 12 different contests … eclipsed 30+ minutes on 10 occasions.

Best Games, 2018-19
Scored in double-figures in the first four games of the season and five of the first six contests … scored 16 points in the season opener against The Citadel (Nov. 6) on 7-for-8 shooting from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the arc … made a career-high four free throws against Sam Houston State (Nov. 14), while also scoring 12 points and grabbing a then-season-high of eight rebounds against the Bearkats … finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in the Cayman Islands Classic championship game against Creighton (Nov. 21) … played a career-high 37 minutes against Mississippi State (Dec. 8) … scored a career-high 23 points and made a career-high nine field goals against the Bulldogs in that contest, including tying his career-high with four made 3-pointers … posted 15 points in 23 minutes against Charleston Southern (Dec. 18) … finished 6-for-8 against the Bulldogs … grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds at Duke (Jan. 5) … scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds at Florida State (Jan. 22) … shot 7-for-13 against the Seminoles, including knocking down three triples … scored 13 points in a road win at Georgia Tech (Feb. 6) … also grabbed five rebounds and blocked a season-high-tying two shots against the Yellow Jackets … swatted two more shots against Virginia Tech (Feb. 9) … netted 10 points in a win over Boston College (Feb. 23) … scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds against Wichita State in the second round of the NIT (March 23) … finished 2-for-3 from the floor and knocked down a triple against the Shockers.

Appeared in 34 games and made 12 starts last season … limited action off the bench in the early going, but stepped into a starting role following the tragic season-ending injury of senior Donte Grantham … averaged 15.4 minutes per game for the season, but played finished the season with 21.7 minutes per contest over the final 16 games of the season, including 12 starts … grabbed over 100 rebounds, averaging 3.2 per game … finished the season with 29 blocks – second-most on the roster.

BEST GAMES, 2017-18
Played a career-high 30 minutes at Georgia Tech … scored in double figures on three occasions during the year … scored 10 points in back-to-back games at Florida State and against Duke … finished a perfect 4-for-4 from the field in the Tigers’ opening round game of the NCAA tournament against New Mexico State – finishing with nine points and three rebounds … grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in the opening round game of the ACC tournament against Boston College … narrowly missed a double-double against the Eagles with 10 points and nine boards … hit two three-pointers on three occasions, including coming in for an injured Donte Grantham and hitting a clutch three against Notre Dame.

Four-star prospect according to 247 Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout … rated as high as the No. 89 prospect in the nation by Rivals … also No. 104 by Scout and No. 107 by 247 Sports … No. 3 prospect from the state of Virginia by ESPN and No. 7 by Rivals … No. 27 prospect at the power forward spot by ESPN … Central Virginia Boys Player of the Year as a senior, when he led Blue Ridge to a second state championship in three years … averaged 13.0 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a senior … first-team All-VISAA Division II selection, he was a second-team choice as a junior … also second-team all-state by USA Today as a senior … posted 16 points, six rebounds and three blocks in championship game … notched double-double and produced 14 of his 18 points in the second half of semifinal win over Virginia Episcopal School … team MVP as a senior when he went over 1,000 career points in three seasons … MVP of the Bullis Holiday Classic and Joe Miller Invitational … posted 18 points in the championship game against Word of God … MVP of the Central Virginia All-Star Game, when he tallied 16 points … played freshman year at Fluvanna County High School, where he scored 377 points … coached by Cade Lemcke at Blue Ridge, helping team to a 75-10 record in three seasons.

Born February 17, 1999 (turns 21 during the 2019-20 season).