North Platte – Sophomore Tim Simmons signed a National Letter of Intent Monday afternoon to continue his basketball career with Dallas Baptist University, a NCAA Division II school located in Dallas, Texas.
“It has been a great two years in North Platte,” said Simmons. “I am excited to continue my education and basketball career at DBU and set myself up for my future.”
Simmons was the Knights third leading scorer at 11.8 points per game to go along with 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. Simmons led the Knights in shooting percentage at 54.3 percent from the field. Most importantly Simmons was also responsible for guarding the oppositions best perimeter player.
“We are so excited to welcome Tim into our basketball family,” said Dallas Baptist head coach Blake Flickner. “He comes from an excellent, winning program and it shows in his basketball IQ. He is one of those guys that really understands how to play.”
“He is versatile and tough and capable of playing and defending multiple positions. I love his ability to defend, and he also has a feel for setting the right screen or making the right pass, and he’s willing to step up and make the big shot. He is a special young man and we look forward to what he will bring to our campus community.”
Simmons was named to the All-Region IX Tournament team after scoring 16, 11 and 11 to go along with 10 assists over three games. Simmons was also named to the All-Nebraska Community College Athletic Association Conference Second-Team.
Simmons finished his career with 700 career points to finish 40th All-Time in Knights program history.
“We will miss Tim’s leadership both on and off the court,” said head coach Kevin O’Connor. “Tim has really grown and matured during his time here and we always knew we could count on him to show up and not quit until he had won.”
Simmons has been a part of the most successful two year stretch in program history as the Knights compiled a 57-11 record during his career, including a Region IX Championship in 2013 and National Tournament appearance. The 57 wins are the most in program history in a two year stretch and the 11 losses are the fewest. Simmons never knew defeat at McDonald-Belton Gymnasium finishing a perfect 28-0 in his two years, also a school record.