From: Las Vegas
Jericho Sims, C, Sr, Texas is my late 2nd round target.
Sims improved each and every season at Texas, becoming a force in the paint on both ends of the floor. He’s not a high scoring player and his offense is still a work in progress but he really plays his role well, doing all the dirty work of setting screens, defending in the paint and rebounding the ball.
He’s built like a rock with great upper body strength and explosive leaping ability. He’s a high level rebounder and a decent shot blocker.
Sims is limited offensively but he plays within himself and doesn’t force the issue. This past season he shot 69.6% from the field, scoring mostly on dunks and lay ups. It’s possible he’ll develop a mid range jumper and a 3pt shot in time but that’s not what teams will be asking him to do.
His FT% is barely over 50%, which doesn’t bode well for him developing into much of a shooter.
It seemed like it was bound to happen at some point, but the former Texas basketball standout senior center Jericho Sims is finally starting to see his 2021 NBA Draft stock rise in the month of June. The writing was on the wall that Sims could very effectively fill the role of a traditional big man that excels in the paint on both ends of the floor in the NBA. But it took a while for that level of recognition to take hold at the next level.
And while Sims might not even be picked until the late second round of the 2021 draft, it is notable the rising he is seeing in his stock at the moment. Sims stood out at the 2021 NBA Draft Combine this week, putting him in a position to get more attention from scouts around the league’s landscape.
It looked as if Sims did everything he needed to make the right impression on NBA scouts at the combine thus far. He showed a lot of that explosiveness, defensive switchability, rebounding ability, and overall gifted athleticism that he made note of for Longhorns fans for the past four years.
Sims especially made an impact in a number of media and fan circles thanks to his showing at the scrimmages at the combine in Chicago this week. That aforementioned explosiveness and switchability in the frontcourt on both ends of the floor was definitely put on full display in the scrimmages.
What this showing at the combine, and the subsequent rise in draft stock, will do for Sims in all likelihood is better his chances to make a 15-man roster heading into next season. Prior to the start of the combine, it looked like there was a good chance that Sims could be put in a position to return to the Forty Acres for one more year.
But the chances of that happening are seeming pretty small at this point.
Texas men’s hoops is looking like it will wind up sending a very potent class of big men to the next level this summer. This includes a talented trio of freshman power forward Greg Brown, sophomore power forward Kai Jones, and the senior Sims.
Sims is also looking to get his first major workout with a big market team setup through this draft scouting process. He will work out for the Chicago Bulls in the middle of next week, which is a big step for him this summer.