Basketball: Sharks go big after securing Simmons

New Sharks signing Jeremie Simmons
New Sharks signing Jeremie Simmons
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Sheffield Sharks will turn their attentions to securing the services of an American centre after confirming the signing of shooting guard Jeremie Simmons.

The Star understands the Sharks are closely monitoring the availability of a 6’8” centre on the recommendation of a former player who graduated from the same university in America.

However, the recruitment of 25-year-old Chicagoan Simmons by coach Atiba Lyons is a real statement of intent ahead of the new season, which begins on September 27 against Cheshire Phoenix at the EIS.

Sharks managing director Sarah Backovic said: “We are thrilled to have secured Jeremie for the Sharks for the forthcoming season.

“His pedigree was an important aspect of our recruitment and, with the way Atiba has approached the team, he will be a great fit.

“In addition to Brian Barbour and Nick Lewis, we have an exciting back court and we can focus on our last positions over the coming weeks.”

Simmons, who played for Ohio State in college, spent last season in the German league with BSW Sixers averaging 19 points per game.

The 6’2” guard is a good three-point shooter, averaging over 40 per cent from beyond the arc as well as a consistent 86 per cent from the free throw line.

Simmons joins returnees Mike Tuck and Nick Lewis on the Sharks roster in addition to confirmed new additions Brian Barbour and Patrick Horstmann. Olu Babalola is expected to return as are Colin Sing, Zach Gachette and George Brownell.

* Young Sharks star Marko Backovic is part of the England under 16 squad playing in the European Championships in Bosnia. England lost 70-60 against Finland yesterday.

And Sheffield’s Devon Van Oostrum, aged 20, will play against Finland today for Great Britain in Helsinki.

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