Newly-named University of Illinois-Chicago coach Howard Moore landed his first recruit with the commitment of 6-11 center Will Simonton.
Simonton, a Class of 2011 recruit, averaged 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks last season at Marshall High School in Falls Church, Va. He will play this season at Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Va.
“He’s mobile, has very good touch, a really good passer, smart player,” Fishburne Military Academy coach Ed Huckaby said. “He’s just starting to come into his own. He can play inside and out. I coached in the Horizon League for three years, and he reminds me of the bigs you see at Butler and even at Wisconsin at a smaller scale. They get kids who can step out and face up and also play in the post.
“He fits in well with Howard’s swing offense. It’s a really good fit for Will. He’s going to be a very good four-year player at UIC.”
Simonton committed to the Flames after making a weekend visit.