The quotes below about Xavier Simpson are those made by Brian Snow, a guy I tend to pay attention to where player evaluations are concerned:
[quote]“But as a player, this is a kid who reminds me a lot of T.J. McConnell who is tearing it up in the NBA,” Snow said. "That might be a strong adjective but playing really well in the NBA.
“He’s a tough kid, a good not great shooter but he’s just a great leader, a good passer and really good defender. He just does everything it takes for his team to win. This is a kid I just love and one of my favorites in the class.”
I personally think those attributes are still there for Simpson. I like his approach on court. He didn’t seem to be interested in trying to impress the crowd at all this past season. I feel his focus was ‘Know what I’m asked to do. Do what I’m asked to do.’
For me, HS players come into the college game from a variety of the same two angles. Either they need to shed the unnecessary and be enabled to allow their skillsets/efforts to settle in & support their team. Or they are taught how to equip their skillsets to support their team.
I look for Xavier to get done what’s he needs to get done for his team next season.