Breakdown: A major injury ended his season and February and forced him to miss the final seven games of the season….He was a part of a big man rotation in 2013-14 that saw several different post players start throughout the season…Has the potential to put up big rebounding numbers before his career is over…Will battle for playing time at the power forward and center positions…Likes to crash the offensive boards, which results in second-chance points…Attended the same high school as former A&T forward Adrian Powell, the 2013 Most Outstanding Player of the MEAC tournament.
2013-14: Played in 22 games with five starts…Made all five starts from Nov. 26-Dec. 7…Earned his first career start on Nov. 26 at Ole Miss…Averaged 1.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 10.4 minutes per game….Shot .528 from the field and was 6-for-12 from the free throw line…Played his first game as an Aggie on Nov. 11 at Utah Valley where he scored a season-high six points on 3-for-5 shooting…Earned his second start of the season, played a season-high 25 minutes and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds in a 85-78 win over Longwood on Nov. 29...Injured his right knee in practice in February, forcing him to miss the Aggies final seven games.
High School: Played four varsity seasons at South Central, Oakwood and Massanutten Military Academy…Averaged 13.9 points and 8.9 rebounds at Oakwood High School before transferring to Massanutten Military Academy, where he averaged 7.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in his final season…Earned All-State, all-region and all-conference honors as a junior and a senior…Named conference tournament MVP all four years…Also made the honor roll all four years and the Principal’s List his 11th and 12th grade years…Ranked 68th in the state…Played baseball, football and participated in track and field as well.
Personal: Full name is Jerome O’Neal Simmons…He has three siblings…He was born May 18, 1993…He is a business management major who plans to be a business and family man after graduation…Before games he prays and thinks about his daughter…Helps out at the YMCA over the summer.