Michigan commitment Xavier Simpson wins Ohio Mr. Basketball

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan point guard commitment Xavier Simpson was named Mr. Basketball in Ohio this afternoon.

Simpson averaged 27.2 points, 6.1 assists and 3.8 steals per game as a senior and will play in the state semifinal on Friday against Wilmington.

“I always knew whatever you’ve got to do, you’ve got to put in that extra work, more than the average person,” Xavier Simpson told the AP. “And with football I was just going to practice and leaving. I didn’t care. I didn’t do any type of (extra) drills or anything like that, so in basketball I always wanted to do a little more than the average person because I wanted to be great at it.”

Michigan’s last Mr. Basketball from the state of Ohio was Trey Burke, who went on to win Big Ten and NCAA Player of the Year honors during his two seasons at Michigan.

“Oh definitely,” Simpson said. “With me going to Michigan and seeing the success they had with him. What I’m hearing, from out of high school no one ever thought he would go to the NBA. And Michigan put the ball in his hand and helped him make the right decisions and get better as a player. That prepared him for the next level, so hopefully they can do that for me.”

Fellow Michigan commitment Jon Teske was named as one of five additional finalists for the award.

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  • MGoTweeter

    Congrats X! Can’t wait to see him in the maizenblue

  • Slim33

    this kid looks tough. I bet having him on the roster next year pushes Walton to be a lot better.

    • MAZS

      I seriously doubt that any issues Walton may have are because he isn’t getting pushed enough. Walton pretty much puts it all on the floor–even when he isn’t playing as well as he would like. But it will be great also having Simpson on the court.

      • Slim33

        simply saying good competition at all positions makes players even better

        • rlcBlue

          I suspect both Walton and Simpson will benefit more from practicing against each other than they would from practicing against Dakich, bless his heart. And Walton will certainly perform better playing 5-8 minutes less per game. But I can’t believe that complacency is a problem for Walton.

        • Champswest

          My position exactly. The Harbaugh competition theory. Hopefully, we will have this at a lot of positions next year. Also, we can afford to reduce Walton’s, and others, minutes to help keep them fresher. That might even help our defensive effort.

  • mikey_mac

    Awesome for him. Excited he’s in the fold next year.

  • bobohle

    XAVIER SIMPSON WILL GET HIS SHARE OF MINUTES. Book It!!!!! Our last Ohio POY–Treye Burke.

    • bobohle

      Sorry for the typo. Trey Burke

    • Wayman Britt

      He may get his share of minutes, which will be great for him, but maybe not the program. If he does get lots of minutes I hope it’s because he is super talented not that the seniors and juniors on the current roster are bad.

      • bobohle

        From what I’ve seen I think he may be super talented.