BrandonClayScouting: Player Card – Desmond Simpson

Class of 2018 guard Desmond Simpson of Cleveland, Tennessee, continues to show his development as a prospect. Photo cred - Ty Freeman/#EBAAllAmerican

Class of 2018 guard Desmond Simpson of Cleveland, Tennessee, continues to show his development as a prospect. Photo cred – Ty Freeman/#EBAAllAmerican

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Photo - Ty Freeman

Photo – Ty Freeman

Desmond Simpson
Height: 6′

Grad Year / Position: 2018 –  Point Guard
School / Hometown: Cleveland High School (Cleveland, Tenn.)
Committed College: Undecided


By: @JLHemingwayPSB & @StephenPeckPSB

eba-all-american-150Date: October 16, 2016
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: #EBAAllAmerican

The area that Simpson has grown the most in is in his aggressiveness. He is playing hard on both ends of the court and giving his best effort. He has turned into a very good facilitator. He handles the ball with confidence and delivers the ball to his teammates with effectiveness. He showed leadership skills in drills and games as he was very vocal on the court. He hit open jumpers when they were available to him, however proving that he can create his own shot at times will be an area that he can grow.


Date: October 16, 2014
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: #EBATop40

Simpson continues to grow in skill and stature and he showed that at the EBA Fall Workout in October. The 5-foot-5 guard demonstrated confidence with the ball while playing hard on the defensive end. The key for the Tennessee native heading into the high school season will be to work on developing a specialty, which allow him to impact the game consistently each time he steps onto the court.


Date: September 14, 2014
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: #EBAAllAmerican

One of the advantages of the Elite Basketball Academy is to identify talent and potential before players hit the big stage. That is what our staff of evaluators observed with Simpson. The active, scrappy guard found ways to impact the game even while playing against players who were not only more mature, but also more experienced than him. He showed good instincts on the defensive end as he was able to get several deflections and turn those into offensive opportunities. With much physical maturity still left in front of Simpson, it is still too early to tell whether he will be a full time point guard or wing player. However, he did show skills that could point to him playing either position. He showed the ability to handle the ball with his head up while also showing solid form on his jumper. The real work is still in front of Simpson as he enters his first year of high school. We will keep a close eye on his development in years to come.


@SUVtv Video of Simpson wearing #253 in White



Coach Hemi-100-100Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. also He is also the publisher of He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at [email protected] and follow him on  twitter @JLHemingwayPSB