On Wednesday, Ohio guard Jaaron Simmons made it clear he will be withdrawing his name from the NBA draft.
Less than a week before the deadline, Jaaron Simmons has made his decision: he’s staying in college for one more year. Only this season when he suits up, it won’t be for the Ohio Bobcats, it’ll be for the Michigan Wolverines.
“I’m gonna pull my name out of the draft,” Simmons told MLive on Wednesday. “I haven’t officially done it yet, but that’s definitely the way I’m going.”
Simmons committed to the Wolverines in April, but this news makes it official that he will be joining the UM program. A graduate transfer from Ohio, he will immediately be available to play for Michigan next season.
After graduating this past spring, he decided to test the waters of the NBA Draft in order to gauge his stock. Unfortunately, he didn’t receive an invite to the NBA Combine, but he’s been in contact with several teams.
“It’s really the same thing I’ve always known and that I talked to my coaches about — just continuing to improve my shot, especially off of the catch-and-shoot,” Simmons said Wednesday, per MLive. “I shoot it well off the dribble, I have to work on my catch-and-shoot and get more reps.”
Simmons averaged 15.9 points, 6.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in his 2016-2017 campaign, and he’ll likely take over as the starting point guard for the Wolverines.