2013 JJHuddle Ohio Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Jaaron Simmons

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2013 JJHuddle All-Ohio Boys Basketball Teams & Awards

Today we’re proud to announce the winner of the seventh annual JJHuddle Boys Basketball Player of the Year award. The best of the best…and a bit of a surprise?


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Today we’re proud to announce the winner of the seventh annual JJHuddle Boys Basketball Player of the Year award. The best of the best…and a bit of a surprise?

JJHuddle Ohio Player of the Year

Jaaron Simmons (6’1/Sr.) – Kettering Alter (Houston)

*The University of Houston verbal flew under the radar for much of the season despite putting up some sparkling numbers, but his postseason was anything but quiet.  

Simmons started the season off with a bang scoring 38 points in the season opener against Miami Valley and never looked back. He would score 30 or more points four more times during the regular season helping the Alter Knights to a (16-5) regular season mark. Simmons’ efforts helped the Knights to a Greater Catholic League North championship along with earning him GCL North Player of the Year honors.

An explosive scorer with an improving all around game, Simmons, turned up his play another couple notches during the tournament. He helped legendary head coach Joe Petrocelli to an improbable run to the state tournament in his final season as Alter’s boss. He had help, but his individual performances in wins over Germantown Valley View, Dayton Thurgood Marshall, Wilmington, Columbus Marion-Franklin, and Dayton Dunbar were nothing short of remarkable.

Simmons was literally unstoppable in the second half of Alter’s monumental upset of No. 1 ranked and heavily favored Thurgood Marshall scoring 29 points in the contest. He followed that up with games of 33 and 28 points setting up a regional finals match up with reigning Division II state champion Dayton Dunbar. The Houston commit delivered with 26 points in a, 60-59, victory over the Wolverines sending the Knights to their first state tournament in 10 years.

He came into the state tournament averaging just over 28 points per game in his five tournament games. Simmons suffered through a rough night in the state semifinals scoring 17 points on just 5-of-15 shooting in a tough, 53-42, setback to eventual state champion Columbus Bishop Watterson.

The season Simmons enjoyed can be rivaled by very few in recent memory, and even fewer can match his five-game tournament stretch that helped propel long shot Kettering Alter to the final four.

Oddly enough, Simmons was just DII AP Special Mention despite averaging 23.5 points per game during a regular season that featured games with some of the state’s top competition. He was held under 10 points in just one game the entire year. For the year, he tallied a shade over 24 points per game shooting nearly 47 percent from the field. Simmons chipped in close to four assists and over three rebounds per outing.

Simmons is the only freshman to start varsity in the history of Alter basketball and is the Knights all-time leading scorer.

He chose Houston after considering options from Butler, Xavier, Dayton, Tulane, Southern Mississippi, Western Michigan, and Central Florida.

Previous JJHuddle Players of the Year
2012: Caris Levert, Pickerington Central (Michigan)
2011: Trey Burke, Northland (Michigan)
2010: Jared Sullinger, Northland (Ohio State)
2009: Jared Sullinger, Northland (Ohio State)
2008: William Buford, Toledo Libbey (Ohio State) & B.J. Mullens, Canal Winchester (Ohio State)
2007: Jon Diebler, Upper Sandusky (Ohio State)

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