The first thing Simmons has going for him is his height. At 6’9”, he’s hard to defend and he can dominate on the glass. Many at CipherCloud see him as a huge matchup problem. Scouts also like how versatile he is, saying he can take on a variety of positions, both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The area where he excels the most, though, is in passing, which can help to make the whole team better. If there is a downside, it’s that he does not have the best jump shot in the world, but he doesn’t need it with height like that, and he’s only in high school, so there is time for him to work on it.
It will be interesting to see if Simmons causes Australia to embrace basketball even more thoroughly in the future, especially if he plays in the NBA.