Mount St. Joseph junior center Henry Sims began the season ranked No. 8 nationally at his position by rivals.com, having finished in the top 40 among 130 underclassmen at last summer's Nike Hoop Jamboree. Sims, 6 feet 10 and 220 pounds, averaged 11 points, 10 rebounds, four blocked shots and two assists in leading the Gaels to a No. 2 area ranking, a 25-7 record and a runner-up finish to No. 1 Towson Catholic in the Baltimore Catholic League tournament.
Was your season a success?
I expected us to go all the way like last year, but next year, we'll have four experienced players back as well as some players up from our junior varsity championship team. I think we have a lot to look forward to for next year.
What areas of your game need improvement?
I'll work on shooting, ball-handling, shooting off the dribble, defense, agility. I want to be more than a back-to-the-basket player.
Can you talk about your father, Henry Sims Sr.?
Growing up, I just had my mother because my father died two months before I was born. Early on, I thought every kid only had a mother. But then, when I was 3, she sat me down and told me the whole story -- that my father was the same person in terms of his personality -- that I was. When I was about 7 or 8, the pictures I saw of him started to appear in my dreams. I got really sensitive about it.
Did that affect your relationship with your stepfather?
At about 8 or 9, when my stepfather first came into the picture, I was rebellious. But I grew to love him and call him my father. In my heart, there's still a hole, but I play for my biological father and I pray for him before every game. I pray that he sees me and that he's proud of me.
What colleges are coming after you the hardest?
Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Florida, Boston College. I get letters, text messages, personal calls -- when they can make them. [Senior teammate] Dino [Gregory] committed early to Maryland, but he tells me to be smart about it and to make the right decision not because I'm feeling pressure, but because it's the right time to do it, and the right school for me.