Desmond Simmons transferring from UW

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The fifth-year senior will be eligible to play immediately.

According to a recent instagram post, and subsequent reports, Desmond Simmons has elected to transfer from the University of Washington. Where he is going to transfer to is unclear at this point.

Simmons will have the opportunity to play right away at whatever school he chooses, being a fifth-year graduate: the type that Dana Altman has molded Oregon around in recent seasons, though it is hard to believe that Simmons will be making that trip down I-5, as Softy talked to Romar, who told him that Simmons was seeking a bigger role, which means that he will likely be headed to a smaller school or maybe a mid-major.

Simmons averaged 21 minutes per game for the Huskies after missing the first part of the season due to knee surgery. He will be remembered for his hustle and defense, and always giving 100 percent when he was out on the floor. He was never a focal point of the offense due to his struggles to finish around the rim, and his hope to be an offensive focus could be his main rationale.

Another reason could be that Romar believes Jernard Jarreau and Robert Upshaw will be taking most of the minutes in the frontcourt next season, and with Shawn Kemp around for his senior season there wouldn't be too many minutes to go around, and that alone will reduce Simmons' role.

Right now, there are no scholarships available for Djuan Piper, and he is announcing when Rainier Beach returns from New York in early April. This could open up a spot, should Piper choose the Huskies.

Thanks, Dez.

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