#65 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2016)
STAR RANKING: 4 STARS
WEIGHT: 175 POUNDS
AGE: 18 YEARS OLD
POSITION: POINT GUARD
HIGH SCHOOL: LIMA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN OHIO
CHOSE MICHIGAN OVER: ILLINOIS, MIAMI (FL), IOWA STATE, WISCONSIN, AMONG OTHERS
PLAYER SUMMARY: Michigan Head Coach John Belein went to the national championship game a few years ago when he had a top-notch point guard in Trey Burke. Belein landed a PG in their 2016 recruiting class who is the most talented PG since Burke left early for the NBA. The Wolverines will be hoping that Xavier Simpson will have a similar type impact.
Simpson gets rave reviews for being a great leader and teammate. However, he has plenty of skills that make him more than just a leader. The 6-foot PG from Ohio is a very smart and tough lead guard. While evaluating him, we saw a player who gets his team in order. He is a very good ball-handler and passer. Simpson always seems to make the correct play. He is more substance than flash, which is fine with us. He always seems to be in the correct position and has a nose for the ball.
Despite his slight frame, he shows a degree of toughness that should endear him to the fans of the Wolverines. He is a very pesky on ball defender and a surprisingly solid rebounder for his height. Simpson needs to improve his shooting. He is very adept at driving the lane and creating. However, if he doesn’t improve his overall shooting, teams will game-plan to stop his driving ability. He will need to keep defenses honest by developing a consistent jump-shot.
Xavier Simpson won’t wow anybody with his overall physical gifts. He doesn’t show elite athletic ability and isn’t the quickest or fastest point guard we have evaluated. However, he is one of the better floor generals we have seen in the class of 2016. He will get the offense in the correct sets. He will be a great leader. He is just a very solid basketball player who has a will to win. Simpson is a player who should see the floor rather quickly at Michigan and will have a very nice college career for the Wolverines. He is the type of player that every coach would love to have.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF XAVIER SIMPSON
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