Stan Simpson Making Name for Self at Juco

Stan Simpson Making Name for Self at Juco

Things didn't work out for former Simeon star Stan Simpson at the University of Illinois, so now he's making his way back to Division I by putting in the work at a junior college in southern Illinois. Now Simpson has a bevy of high-major schools giving him looks. Learn more about the big man prospect in this report.

As a senior at Simeon High School in Chicago, Stan Simpson led the Wolverines to a runner-up finish in the 2008 IHSA Class 3A State Tournament. Simpson averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks his senior season. He was named first team All State by many publications. Stan was rated as the 22nd best center in the nation and a three star prospect by Scout.com.

From there Simpson's journey led him to Champaign where he ended up redshirting his first year at Illinois. The 6-10, 235 lb. big man played sparingly as a redshirt freshman and decided to transfer at the end of the season.

With things not working out at Illinois, Simpson made his way to John A. Logan junior college in the southern part of the state last fall.

In his debut with the Vols, Simpson racked up 25 points and 11 rebounds in a 105-71 win over Brehm Prep.

Stan has been determined to show that he's not the same person that he was at Illinois and has changed in many ways.

"I play hard all the time," said Simpson. "I keep a good motor and rebound. My offensive game is way more polished. I'm keeping my grades up so I can qualify next year for D1. Everything is going as planned."

Among the schools that have been out to see Simpson play this season at Logan, are Cincinnati, DePaul, Gonzaga, Memphis, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia.

As we talked with Stan on Monday, a coach from Memphis was watching him practice.

With his 2011 recruiting class DePaul coach Oliver Purnell is looking to turn things around for the Blue Demons in the Big East. With a recent decommit by Braeden Anderson, Purnell would love to add a dominating big man like Simpson to his class.

During his break from Logan over the Holidays, Simpson came out to Allstate Arena twice to see the Blue Demons.

"I went to a couple of DePaul games," said Simpson. "I have a decent relationship (with DePaul). I hear from Coach Purnell and (assistant) coach Billy Garrett."

Garrett has also been down to Logan to watch Simpson play recently. Two weeks ago he saw Simpson score 13 points and pull down 11 boards in a 86-60 win over Moberly Area College.

While Simpson was back in Chicago over break, he paid a visit to his alma mater. Simeon is 16-0 right now and ranked number one by the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I was there at Simeon a couple of times," said Stan. "I went to a couple of practices."

Former Simeon great Bobby Simmons, went to DePaul and then on to a career in the NBA. Could Simpson follow in Simmons' footsteps?

"That would be a great experience playing for Purnell," said Simpson. "With the full court press and their offense, I could play 25 or 30 minutes. It would be great playing in the hometown Chicago, so my family could come see me and stuff."

For now Simpson is focusing on books and basketball. Once the season is over at Logan, he'll turn his attention to his college decision.

"I'll take my five (official) visits and sign in the April signing period," said Simpson.

Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the very latest on Blue Demons recruiting.

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