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Anfernee Simons foregoes college, declares for 2018 NBA draft

Simons, an explosive guard with excellent range, played a postgraduate year at the IMG Academy in Florida. He's slated to be selected in the first round in the 2018 NBA Draft.


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5-star guard Anfernee Simons will declare for the 2018 NBA draft and forgo his collegiate eligibility, ESPN's Jonathan Givony. 

Because Simons, being a postgraduate, is already one year removed from his high school graduation and will turn 19 in June, he is eligible to enter his name into this year's upcoming draft. The explosive guard played an extra year of high school level basketball at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Givony writes that Simons has been heavily scouted all season by all 30 NBA teams, according to his coaching staff at IMG. Based on the feedback, Simons felt comfortable with going into the draft.

After discussing the matter with my parents, I have decided to forgo the opportunity to play in the NCAA and to instead enter the NBA draft. I am very thankful for the support I received at IMG Academy and from the NCAA coaches who recruited me. I am ready and excited to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA.

Ranked No. 19 in ESPN's latest 2018 NBA mock draft, Simons isn't remotely ready to contribute significantly to a franchise as would be expected for most 19-year-olds. However, he's wildly athletic and can score at all levels off the dribble, including playing at the rim, the mid-range, and from deep.

Simons will have an opportunity in individual workouts, and games like the Jordan Brand All American Classic, to improve his draft stock.

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