San Diego State continues to look to add its first 2021 recruit. Last week they offered Las Vegas guard Glenn Taylor, and yesterday it was announced by AAU club West Coast Elite that the Aztecs had offered 2021 guard KJ Simpson.
Simpson is a four-star guard out of Chaminade High School in West Hills, California. Ranked 112 by 247Sports, Simpson is a player that is sure to rise in the rankings and one who is prioritized by big-time programs. He has a number of high major offers, including offers from half of the PAC-12. Already a west coast battle is brewing for the 6-2 guard as Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, and USC join the Aztecs as schools that have offered.
Watching film on Simpsonwhat stands out is his ability to get to the basket. He uses his dribble to get past defenders to score or to suck in the defense and find the open man. In the film I saw he showed off his midrange jumper and ability to get in the paint and score amongst the trees. Josh Gershon of 247Sports offered this evaluation of Simpson:
"Simpson is an athletic combo guard with okay size but good length and athleticism. Plus athlete both laterally and vertically. Competitive kid who plays hard on both ends. Has vision to play on ball at next level but will need to improve against ball pressure. Athleticism makes him tough cover in transition. Versatile defender who can guard both one and two at next level. Projects as high major starter. If handle and jumper improve he will take his stock to next level."
The one area I see that Simpson needs to work on is extending his range. He really works on getting into the paint, but does not really score from behind the three-point line. As Gershon mentioned, his jumper needs to improve in order for him to become a multi-dimensional threat. However, reports are that he is on the rise and I would not be surprised to see him take the next step.