Student-Athlete Spotlight: Simental is hard-charging at hoops

Highlands Ranch basketball player has lifelong devotion to game

Posted 12/11/18

Versatility is part of Jason Simental's game. The 6-foot-1 Highlands Ranch sophomore is a point guard who can shoot and a shooting guard who can direct an offense. He plays both positions. “I like …

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Student-Athlete Spotlight: Simental is hard-charging at hoops

Highlands Ranch basketball player has lifelong devotion to game

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Versatility is part of Jason Simental's game.

The 6-foot-1 Highlands Ranch sophomore is a point guard who can shoot and a shooting guard who can direct an offense.

He plays both positions.

“I like point guard better because it just feels like I have more control and I'm the leader of the team,” said Simental who also works hard to maintain his all-around skills. “I try to shoot at least 100 shots a day.”

Simental, who has a 3.8 grade point average, has been playing basketball most of his life and has never thought about playing another sport.

“I've done so much work, I would be opposed to turn around and not playing anymore,” he said. “I just like running up and down with everybody cheering for you and playing with your teammates is a lot of fun. Probably the hardest thing is just having to do it every day but I'm so used it is just kind of a daily thing.

“Defense is a lot more work because you have to move a lot more.”

Key stats:

After four games, Simental was averaging 13.9 points, 3.9 assists and three rebounds a game while shooting 40 percent from the field.

Coach's take:

“He's a player with high skills and he can penetrate. I love his approach to the game. He's a pleasure to coach.”

Mike Gibbs

Highlands Ranch basketball coach

Q&A with Jason Simental

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Probably Russell Westbrook. He is really athletic and I like that he can take off from anywhere.

What would be a perfect performance in your sport?

I would just say winning. If the team wins, that's all that matters.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

I like math, I've always been good at it. It comes really easy for me.

What is your least favorite class?

English, but it is not really bad because a lot of my friends are in the class.

Who or what makes you excel?

My dad (Adam) because he is always there with me when I'm playing basketball

What rituals or superstitions do you have?

Before each game I take a few breaths to focus myself. And I have to shake hands with my friend Tucci. For my free throws I just take two dribbles, then spin, take a deep breath and shoot.

How can you avoid charging calls when trying to penetrate to the basket?

It's predicting because stuff happens so fast you have to make quick decisions.

Do you like the slingshot offense where the guard backs away from the defense to create more space?

It puts you in a good spot to feel like everybody can do their job. My job is penetration. I like a fast pace and whenever I get the ball I like to push it.

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