April 8, 2008

Charm City Highlights Sims Strengths

April 8, 2008 - Last weekend, the Charm City Challenge afforded soon-to-be Georgetown Hoya Henry Sims his penultimate opportunity to play high school level basketball. While logging 10 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in his Baltimore All-Star team's 107-82 victory, Sims seemingly gave a glimpse as to what the Hoya Nation can immediately expect.

Playing largely in the high post - something he's long been comfortable with - Sims hit at least two jumpers including a banker, while rimming out several more. From around 15-17 feet his shooting touch, particularly on baseline or around the foul line area, still seems formidable.

His play around the basket did not include a plethora of traditional center/power forward post moves, though Sims did score on several putbacks and a nice alley oop slam. Henry did illustrate a willingness and ability to battle physically down low, leading to his posting the contest's only double-double, though his frontcourt opponents were not necessarily of immediate Big East caliber. That penchant to get 'in the mix' did allow for blocked shots and equally as important though not statistically noted, alter shots.

All of the above is standard fare for Sims, owner of a 16.5 point, 10.6 rebound and 4.1 block per contest average for Baltimore's Mount St. Josephs High School, contributions that would also nab him Baltimore Catholic League Co-Player of the Year and first team All-Metro honors.

As dangerous and unsound as it may be (scouting at an all-star game is not recommended activity for a myriad of reason), this writer is compelled to laud Sims' outlet passing, and its favorable role in any future Hoya fast break activity: On numerous occasions, Henry pulled down a carom, only to whip it down the floor - frequently one handed, a practice traditionalists may frown upon - in stride to a streaking teammate. Doing so to the likes of Austin Freeman, DaJuan Summers, Chris Wright and fellow incoming freshman Greg Monroe, amongst other Hoyas next season is a tantalizing thought indeed.

Missouri-bound Kim English was the beneficiary of two such whipping outlets, as in the first half Henry found a teammate who eventually passed to English via an alley-oop. The second saw Sims rebound, fire an outlet to English, who in turn fed Sean Mosley, the future University of Maryland Terp that reciprocated the love, finding English for two.

Check back with HoyaReport.com as a more intimate portrait of Sims is presented, and of course his play in Sunday's Capital Classic is assessed. Again, it's not good to put too much stock in all-star game performances, but the Hoya Nation has a yearning to know and HoyaReport.com is just the place to obtain that information.

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EXTRA: Be sure to check out SportsGroove TV's, charm city coverage, which includes video footage of a Sims dunk.

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