Basketball star Anfernee Simons joined the Portland Trail Blazers after the 2018 NBA Draft. He was selected by the franchise in the first round of the draft with the 24th overall selection. Before he went pro, Simons was an outstanding athlete during his school days and was named Florida State Class 7A Player of the Year 2017. The talented boy took a peculiar path into the NBA when he turned down a possible college career and decided to go pro right after high school, setting a new course for other NBA hopes.
Bio – Who Is Anfernee Simons?
Anfernee Simons was born on June 8, 1999, in Altamonte Springs, Florida. He was named after retired NBA star and Orlando Magic legend Anfernee Hardaway. He spent his first two years of high school at Edgewater High School in Orlando, Florida. As a student, he averaged 17.8 points, 4.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1 steal per game in a total of 30 performances. He transferred to the Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida for his junior year, but did not get much playing time during his time there.
Simons eventually returned to Edgewater High School for his senior year, where he averaged 23.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game in 20 games. His outstanding performance helped the school reach the finals of the 2017 FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships and he was named Florida State Class 7A Player of the Year 2017.
The talented young man also played for the U19 Men’s National Basketball Team of the United States in the summer of 2017. Prior to his senior year, Anfernee Simons was reclassified back to the 2018 class. Consequently, he spent a postgraduate high school year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where he averaged 22.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.
A five-star recruit, Simons was ranked number 7 in the 2018 high school class and made an oral commitment to pursue a college career at the University of Louisville. However, he was dismissed by the Louisville Cardinals in September 2017 after the institution became the subject of an FBI investigation following a corruption scandal. The talented young man initially resumed his recruitment and considered other programs. Eventually, however, he decided to bypass college altogether and enter the 2018 NBA Draft.
Anfernee Simons, who entered the NBA, was widely considered the “mystery man” of the draft, as he had not played for a college team or an international professional team. He also retired from both the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit and the Jordan Brand Classic, a move that came as a surprise to many observers, as he was relatively unknown to most NBA decision-makers at the time. However, he was represented in the 2018 NBA Draft Combine and was probably selected late in the first or second round.
On June 21, 2018, Anfernee Simons was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft, with the 24th overall selection being higher than many sham drafts expected. He was the first U.S. born player to be selected in the NBA Draft right out of high school since 2005 when the league’s age limit rules came into effect. The talented youngster signed a rookie contract with the franchise in July 2018.
Anfernee Simons was born as the son of Tameka and Charles Simons in the suburb of Altamonte Springs in Seminole County, Florida. His father was previously coach of the basketball team of the South Orlando Youth Sports Association (SOYSA) basketball team. Through his selection in the 2018 NBA Draft, Simons became the first player from his Alma Mater Edgewater High School to join the NBA.
Height And Other Body Measurements
Anfernee Simon is 193 cm (6 feet 3 inches) tall and has a body weight of 83 kg (183 lb). He has a wingspan of “6′ 9¼” and a standing range of “8′ 3½”, according to his measurements at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. The 2018 NBA Draft Draft Combine player still has room for improvement in physical strength, but he is known for having the raw talent and skills required of an efficient offensive player. As a multi-talented basketball star, Simons demonstrates the ball handling of a point guard and the aggressive goal-shooting ability of a shooting guard.