Bobcat & Griz recruit: Simi Fajemisin

simi2I have heard that both the Bobcats and Griz are recruiting Simi Fajemisin a center from Lynnwood Washington. While it true that both schools are recruiting Fajemisin it appears that Bobcats are really not in the picture that much so this could be considered more of a Grizzly recruit.

Simi Fajemisin is a 6-10 270 -280 pound true center who is some what mystery man this summer in the recruiting world. The mystery is not that coaches do not know him, but more that no two people seem to rate him the same. He is getting some looks from a high major (Gonzaga), Low majors (Montana, Long Beach) and everyone in between.

Fajemisin averaged 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks a game last season while nursing a season long ankle injury. His reputation is that he is very big, very strong, and very aggressive in the post while showing good agility for a player his size. When he is on his game he is almost impossible for high school players to stop. On the flip side his skills are considered to be raw, and his weight limits his minutes on the floor.

I have seen Fajemisin listed as high as the #6 rated player in Washington for 2010 and as low as the 20th best. I have seen him listed as one of the top center prospects on the west coast, and other people feel he is D-1 project.

Here are some evaluations

From ESPN where they gave him an 88 rating.


June, 2009: Fajemisin is one of the best unknown secrets on the west coast. He needs to get in better shape to become more explosive around the paint, but with his size and soft hands, he may end up at the high-major level. He doesn’t run very well in transition and he’ll need to increase his endurance significantly to be affective at the next level, but the talent is there. He has a nice touch out to the elbow and his stroke is smooth. He is fairly quick off the floor and is a decent rebounder, but that aspect of his game needs to improve. His post fundamentals are a work in progress and he’s very methodical (lacks quickness) while maneuvering around the paint area. The west coast class of 2010 is void of talent at the 4 and the 5. If Fajemisin commits to improving his post skills and tightening up his frame, the upside is undeniable.

From Seatown Sports a Washington preps Blog

18. Simi Fajemisin (Sr.) Lynnwood-C–Undersized for the center position, but still extremely underrated at his position in the 2010 recruiting class. If he can work on his post skills and become a little stronger, he can make a big jump to a D-1 school on the west coast. Fajemisin’s long arms and soft hands are his main assets, he has a high ceiling.

From Maxpreps.comsimi

(6) Simi Fajemisin, 6-9, F, Lynnwood … Fajemisin isn’t a consistently dominant player yet, but at 6-9 and 255 pounds he is going to get long looks from major conference college programs. Gonzaga is among the schools reportedly interested in Fajemisin after averaging 10.6 points per game as a junior

Like I mentioned earlier a lot of different level schools are recruiting Fajemisin. He will be taking official visits to Gonzaga and San Deigo. He holds offers from San Diego, Portland St., and Long Beach State. Additionally St. Mary’s, Pacific, Montana and Cal Poly are recruiting him pretty heavily. I have heard that if Gonzaga offers he will commit, but Gonzaga has only 1-2 scholarships this fall.


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