Ohio point guard Jaaron Simmons has told Saul Philips and Co. that he will not be returning to Athens for the 2017-18 season. He will head to Ann Arbor and be eligible immediately. The report was first put out by the Athens Messenger.
Simmons was first team All-MAC selection in the 2016-17 season. He averaged 15.9 points with 6.5 assists per game this season. Simmons has, however, declared for the draft and has not pulled out of the process yet.
“Jaaron informed me today of his intention to transfer to Michigan,” Ohio head coach Saul Philips told MLive on Monday night. “We are disappointed with his decision, but wish him luck. We have known this has been a possibility and have taken steps to make sure the roster is talented and balanced. We are looking forward to the upcoming season."
If Simmons does leave for Ann Arbor, Simmons would become the fourth player to transfer this offseason from the Bobcats program, leaving the Bobcats to chase their MAC peers in recruiting. The Bobcats also graduated Kenny Kaminski and Antonio Campbell this season, which means the roster could potentially turn over close to half its roster for the 2017-2018 campaign.
Because Simmons is still technically entered in the NBA Draft, the Wolverines’ staff is not able to comment on the alleged transfer at this time. Simmons has until May 24 to do so, or else he will have to hire an agent and continue into the NBA Draft.