Mt. St. Joe's Sims to play for Hoyas

Boys basketball

May 01, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Henry Sims, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound All-Metro center from Mount St. Joseph, committed orally to Georgetown over the weekend.

"When I visited, I really appreciated coach [John] Thompson's honesty about getting to play right away," said Sims, who narrowed down his choices to Georgetown and Virginia from a list that included Boston College, Florida and Maryland. "Coach Thompson told me that if I worked hard, I would get a chance as a freshman."

This past season, DaJuan Summers - a two-time All-Metro forward and The Sun's Player of the Year in 2005 - started as a freshman for the Hoyas, who reached the Final Four. Seven-foot Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green declared for the NBA draft and Pat Ewing Jr. only has one more year, so Sims could have a chance to play.

"Henry has progressively gotten better his three years on varsity," said Mount St. Joseph coach Pat Clatchey.

Sims, who has a jump hook and a turnaround jumper, led the No. 2 Gaels (25-8) in rebounds (9.9 per game), was second in blocks (2.5) and averaged 11.1 points.

Aric Brooks, a 6-6 second-team All-Metro senior forward from St. Frances, committed to Jacksonville.

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