Meighan Simmons

Position: Guard
Height:  5-9 • 176 cms
Weight: 126 lbs • 57 kgs
School: University of Tennessee ‘14
Hometown: Cibolo, Texas

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Named as a finalist for the 2011 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team on May 25, 2011.
  • Participated in the 2010 USA U18 National Team Trials.

College Honors:

  • Full Court Press Freshman All-American (2011).
  • All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) second team (2011).
  • SEC Freshman of the Year and All-Freshman Team (2011).

College Notes:

  • As a freshman in 2010-11, aided Tennessee to a 34-3 record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in SEC play for the regular season title, the SEC Tournament crown and the 2011 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.
  • Started 36 of 37 games and averaged team-highs of 13.5 ppg. and 2.8 apg., while adding 2.7 rpg.

High School Honors:

  • McDonald’s All-American (2010), scored a team-high 21 points in 14 minutes for the West team in the 2010 McDonald’s All-American Game, en route to co-MVP honors.
  • ESPN Rise All-America first team (2010).
  • WBCA All-American (2010), had a team-high 21 points for the Red team in the 2010 WBCA All-American Game.
  • Parade Magazine All-America fourth team (2010).
  • San Antonio Express-News Player of the Year (2008, 2009, 2010) and Newcomer of the Year (2007).
  • Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Texas Class 4A All-State (2008, 2009, 2010).

High School Notes:

  • Attended Byron P. Steele High School (Texas), where she scored 3,406 career points.
  • Averaged 25.4 ppg. and 6.1 rpg. as a senior in 2009-10.
  • Averaged 24.2 ppg. as a junior in 2008-09.
  • Averaged 21.6 ppg. as a sophomore in 2007-08.
  • Averaged 18.5 ppg. as a freshman in 2006-07.

Personal Notes:

  • Born Meighan Sharee Simmons on Jan. 25, 1992, in Fort Bragg, N.C.; nickname is Speedy.
  • Daughter of Karolyn and Wayne Simmons; is the fifth of seven children; has four brothers, Wayne Jr., Erin, Ryan and Matthew; and two sisters, Tawanda Perry and Tynessa.
  • Two cousins and one uncle played in the NFL, including uncle Reggie Pinkney (Detroit Lions), and cousins Aaron Curry (Seattle Seahawks), Eric Barton (Clevelands Browns).
  • Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences and plans to major in sport management.

The Inside Scoop:

  • Has post-basketball ambitions of: becoming a coach, and starting “a foundation that creates oppurtunities for children of all ages that need assistance and guidance to succed in reaching their goals.”
  • Last book read for pleasure: “Driven from Within,” by Michael Jordan.
  • Favorite class: math.
  • Least favorite class: science.
  • Has taken: two years of Spanish.
  • Favorite meal to make at home: mac & cheese, peas and spam.
  • If not for basketball, would want to: be a track & field sprinter.
  • When she was five, wanted to be: a pro basketball player.
  • If she could live in any city, it would be: Los Angeles.
  • Next big purchase will be: a car.
  • Most read online newspaper: MySA.com.
  • Favorite magazines: Ebony, Sports Illustrated, Jet and ESPN.
  • Favorite Twitter account: Candace Parker.
  • Favorite Facebook account: hers.
  • Favorite piece of clothing: her basketball shoes.
  • Most prized possession: cell phone.
  • Favorite sports other than basketball: football, softball, track, swimming and bowling.
  • Wants to learn how to play the: piano.
  • Favorite basketball players of all time: Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
  • Favorite non-basketball Olympian: Serena Williams.
  • Strangest place ever played basketball: Japan.
  • Best hoops game ever watched: when Kobe Bryant scored 81 points.
  • Best player ever faced: Brittney Griner.
  • Wants to go one-on-one against: Kobe Bryant.
  • Most impressive person ever met: Candace Parker, “because she shows heart and commitment to her sport.”
  • Favorite basketball announcer: Dick Vitale.
  • Away from the court, enjoys: Being with friends and family.
  • Most people don’t know: she was once a cheerleader.
  • Most interesting place ever visited: Japan, “it was totally different than the usual style of play in America and the pace was faster.”
  • First basketball memory: putting the ball behind her back and then shooting a layup in her first organized basketball game.
  • If she weren’t playing basketball, would pursue this following high school: attending college and working.
  • This right-hander wears No. 10 because: it’s her favorite and she’s worn it since her freshman year of high school.
  • Superstitions: has to listen to her iPod before a game because it gets her hyped, has to get eight hours of sleep the night before a game and has a good steak the day before a game.
  • First overseas trip was: going to Bad Hersfeld, Germany when she was 18 months old. She traveled to Japan when she was 17 years old and had a wonderful experience.

College Statistics:

YEAR
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2010-11
37/36
183- 438
.418
63- 187
.337
71- 96
.740
101/ 2.7
500/ 13.5
104
7
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