Anfernee Simons

Anfernee Tyrik Simons (born June 8, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played prep basketball for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He is the first American to enter and be selected in an NBA draft directly after graduation from high school since the league first implemented age restriction rules in 2005.[1]

Anfernee Simons
No. 1 Portland Trail Blazers
PositionShooting guard
Personal information
Born (1999-06-08) June 8, 1999
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight181 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school
NBA draft2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–presentPortland Trail Blazers
2019Agua Caliente Clippers
Stats at
Stats at

High school career

Simons first attended Edgewater High School in Orlando, Florida, where during his sophomore year he averaged 17.8 points, 4.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1 steal per game in 30 games.[2] During his junior year he transferred to Montverde Academy in Montverde,[3] but after being a bench player, returned to Edgewater with the intention of holding his name back from college consideration for a year.[4] He graduated from Edgewater in 2017, averaging 23.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game in 20 games played in his last year there. [2] Then, because of his reclassification in the Class of 2018, he attended the IMG Academy in Bradenton for a postgraduate year, although he had previously expressed interest in spending that year at the West Oaks Academy in Orlando instead.[5] During the summer of 2017, he also played for the United States men's national under-19 basketball team.[6]

Simons was rated as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the 7th best player in the 2018 class by[7] Originally, he planned to enter the University of Louisville,[8] but as a result of the basketball sex scandal of 2015 at the university and its involvement in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball corruption scandal, he ultimately decommitted from Louisville, saying that he was most interested in the University of South Carolina, North Carolina State University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Florida.[9] In January 2018, he then said that he was "most likely" going to bypass college and enter the 2018 NBA Draft, albeit without hiring an agent.[10] In March 2018 he confirmed his decision,[11] and later removed his name from the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic.[12] On March 20, 2018, ESPN ranked him as the 19th best prospect in the draft.[13] Simons was later named one of the 69 players invited to the 2018 NBA Draft Combine that year.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Anfernee Simons
Altamonte, FL IMG Academy (FL) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Nov 12, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A   Rivals:   247Sports:    ESPN:   ESPN grade: 94
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 10  247Sports: 10  ESPN: 9
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Louisville 2018 Basketball Commitments". Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  • "2018 Louisville Cardinals Recruiting Class". Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  • "2018 Team Ranking". Retrieved August 25, 2018.

    Professional career

    Portland Trail Blazers (2018–present)

    Simons was selected 24th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2018 NBA draft.[14] He would be the third high school player since 2015 to be drafted in the NBA, behind Thon Maker and Satnam Singh Bhamara. On July 2, 2018, the Trail Blazers announced that they had signed Simons.[15]

    On January 21, 2019, the Blazers assigned Simons to the Agua Caliente Clippers for an NBA G League assignment.[16]

    On April 10, 2019, Simons had his first career start against the Sacramento Kings while the Trail Blazers rested Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum for the final game of the regular season. Simons put up career highs across the board with 37 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists. That would mark the first Trail Blazers rookie to score 30+ points since Damian Lillard.

    Career statistics

      GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
     FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
     RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
     BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


    Regular season

    2018–19 Portland 2017.1.444.345.563.
    Career 2017.1.444.345.563.


    2019 Portland 502.
    Career 502.

    NBA G League

    Regular season

    2018–19 Agua Caliente 4022.8.433.455.8752.
    Career 4022.8.433.455.8752.

    Personal life

    Simons was given the name Anfernee due to his parents, Charles and Tameka, being fans of the Orlando Magic and naming him after former player Anfernee Hardaway.[17][18] Hardaway coached Simons during a Team USA Basketball training camp.[13]


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    4. "Who is Anfernee Simons, the top-10 recruit who will enter the 2018 NBA Draft through a loophole?".
    5. Collings, Buddy. "Former Edgewater star Anfernee Simons headed to IMG Academy".
    6. "Duke-bound Cam Reddish and his crazy summer | Mike Jensen". Retrieved 2017-12-27.
    7. "Westtown star Cameron Reddish ascends to No. 1 in recruiting service's rankings". Retrieved 2017-12-27.
    8. Wells, Adam. "Anfernee Simons, Courtney Ramey Decommit from Louisville Amid Scandal".
    9. "Anfernee Simons to consider NBA Draft, but likely headed to college".
    10. "Anfernee Simons's big draft decision is imminent".
    11. "Simons declares for NBA draft, forgoes college".
    12. "Anfernee Simons withdraws his name from Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic".
    13. Roberts, Ben (March 22, 2018). "One of the top basketball recruits in the country is jumping straight to the NBA". Lexington Herald-Leader.
    14. "TRAIL BLAZERS SELECT ANFERNEE SIMONS IN FIRST ROUND OF NBA DRAFT". June 21, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
    15. "TRAIL BLAZERS SIGN ROOKIE ANFERNEE SIMONS". July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
    16. "Portland Trail Blazers Assign Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr to G-League". FanSided. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
    17. Adams, Jonathan (22 March 2018). "Anfernee Simons Is the NBA Draft's Man of Mystery".
    18. King, Jason. "HS Star Anfernee Simons Decides CBB Isn't for Him, but Is He Ready for the NBA?". Bleacher Report.
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