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By Jeff Pack

Simon signs NBA Summer League contract with Chicago Bulls


Last updated 6/27/2019 at 1:32am

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Former Temecula Valley High School basketball standout Justin Simon has reportedly signed an NBA Summer League contract with the Chicago Bulls.

Former Temecula Valley High School standout Justin Simon has reached an agreement with the Chicago Bulls to compete in the 2019 NBA Summer League, in the hours following the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday, June 20.

Simon, a redshirt junior from St. John's University, declared for the draft back in April and is regarded as one of college basketball's best lockdown defenders.

So far, there's been no comment from Simon since posting on his Twitter account in the days before the draft.

"Name called or not, I'm extremely excited to know that tonight is just the starting point in my professional career and can't wait to see where this hoop journey continues to take me!" he said on Twitter.

Simon was named the Big East's Defensive Player of the Year this past season, only the third St. John's University player to win the award.

According to St. John's University, Simon led the team in rebounding, assists, and steals and was the only player to rank in the top five of the Big East in each of those categories. He topped the conference and ranked eighth nationally in steals while finishing second in the league in assists.

Simon led the Johnnies with nine double-doubles, including an 11-point, 11-rebound and nine-assist outing against St. Joseph's University at Mohegan Sun Arena. He averaged 10.4 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, and had 108 assists this season.

The Red Storm reached the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament before losing to Marquette, and the team was bounced from the NCAA tournament after a loss to Arizona State in the first round.

During his junior year at Temecula Valley in 2014, Simon led the Golden Bears to the best season in school history, the most wins in school history, an undefeated league season and championship and took the Bears to the CIF-Southern Section divisional semifinal.

That year he averaged 17.5 points and was named MVP of the Southwestern League and made the all-CIF First Team.

After the summer of his junior year, Simon announced he would be transferring to Wolfeboro Brewster Academy in New Hampshire for his senior season.

At the start of the season at Brewster, Simon committed to play for the University of Arizona. But after just one season, Simon transferred to St. John's University to play for NBA Hall of Famer and St. John's alumnus Chris Mullin, who has announced he was leaving the team shortly after the season.

He initially considered Oklahoma State, Providence, New Mexico and Pacific universities, but ultimately choose the Johnnies.

Jeff Pack can be reached at [email protected]


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