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Michigan transfer Jaaron Simmons withdraws from NBA draft

James Hawkins
The Detroit News
Jaaron Simmons

After weeks of testing the NBA draft waters, grad transfer Jaaron Simmons has made a decision about his future.

He’ll be heading to Ann Arbor after all.

Simmons, a 6-foot-1, 184-pound point guard, will withdraw his name from draft consideration and enroll at Michigan, according to MLive.com’s Brendan Quinn.

Simmons announced his intentions to transfer to Michigan for his final season of eligibility in late April but declared for the draft on March 27 without an agent to pursue his professional options. While he garnered feedback and advice, he didn’t receive an invite to the draft combine.

Under NCAA transfer rules, Simmons will be eligible to play immediately for the 2017-18 season and will help fill the void left by the departure of Derrick Walton Jr.

Simmons was a first team All-Mid-American Conference selection after averaging 15.9 points (43.5 percent shooting), 6.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 36 minutes in 31 games last season at Ohio University. A playmaker who can score and distribute, Simmons will join senior Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, sophomore Xavier Simpson, and incoming freshmen Eli Brooks and Jordan Poole in the backcourt.

Simmons began his career at Houston in 2013-14 before playing the past two seasons at Ohio. He chose Michigan over his short list of Dayton, Ohio State and Kansas.

With big men D.J. Wilson and Moritz Wagner still mulling their decision to turn pro, Simmons received Michigan’s lone available scholarship.

Wilson and Wagner have until May 24 to decide whether they will return to Michigan for their junior season or leave for the NBA.

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