BY SPNW Staff 09:50PM 03/28/2014

Huskies’ Simmons will transfer for final year

Desmond Simmons, noted primarily for his rebounding and defensive contributions, will transfer from the University of Washington and play his final year of college basketball at a smaller school, perhaps a mid-major, where he can play immediately and have a larger role. It is not yet clear where Simmons will transfer.

Simmons confirmed Friday on his Twitter account that he will leave Washington:

A fourth-year junior last season, Simmons missed the first six weeks of the campaign with a knee injury. When he returned, he appeared in 22 games, making 10 starts. Simmons averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds while averaging 21 minutes per game.

The 6-foot-7 forward enrolled at Washington for the 2010-11 season and red-shirted that year. He had his best game as a Husky Dec. 12, 2012 against Cal-State Fullerton with 14 points and 18 rebounds, both career highs.

Simmons would have lost minutes in 2014-15 to 6-foot-10 sophomore Jernard Jarreau, who missed last season with an ACL tear, and Robert Upshaw, a 6-foot-11 center who transferred to Washington in 2013 from Fresno State.


  • jafabian

    Don’t really like this. He’s a good player who gives them depth in the front court. I think he could have stood a chance at starting at SF. Hope things work out for him.

  • RadioGuy

    I don’t like it either, although I’m not sure how he’d have lost minutes to a couple of bigs when he’s a 3. It’s Kemp Jr. who’s going to see his PT go down.

    At any rate, best of luck to Des wherever he lands. I kind of like players who work hard on defense and can hit the boards.