Acadia An Easy Choice For Simmonds
Published by Gilbert Muako on January 31, 2012
On Friday January 27, Auburn Drive’s star guard AJ Simmonds ended his recruitment. His decision came down to STFX, UBC, UPEI, Ryerson ,Ottawa and Acadia. Simmonds decided to stay very close to home by committing to Acadia University in the CIS.
For Simmonds the long relationship he held with head coach Steve Bauer made the decision an easy one.
“Coach Bauer was the first to start recruiting me and I felt at home right away in my first visit there,” he said, “I like the whole atmosphere there and I think my game fits in well with the style they like to play.”
Opposite to most college athletes, Simmonds will have consistent support from family members and close friends at every home game.
“I’ve always been the type of person that doesn’t like to be far away from home. I love my family and I know that they are just as excited as I am so I think its important for them to be able to come show their support and share this experience with me as well.”
The 6-foot-1 lead guard first broke out and caught our attention last summer at the National Championships, when he led his Nova Scotia provincial team to the gold medal game.
Simmonds joins two close friends in freshmen guards Shaquille Smith and Tyler Scott.
“It means a lot to be able to reunite with Shaq after winning a provincial title with him last year in high school. I’ve been looking up to Ty since I was young and I really liked his game so I’m really excited about being able to join them next year.”
Acadia currently has a 7-4 record and are 2nd in the AUS. Adding one of the top guards in the 2012 class will certainly upgrade their already impressive back court.