ANALYSIS: Simmons made tremendous strides between his freshman and sophomore seasons with the Wolfpack, dramatically improving his numbers across the board. He truly arrived on the collegiate landscape in a dominating performance against Iowa in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge in late November. Despite State's three-point loss, Simmons scored just 13 points, but he blocked eight shots, grabbed 13 rebounds and handing out five assists -- all career-highs. Simmons later went on to score a career-high 28 points in a road loss to No. 1 Duke, adding nine rebounds and seven blocks in the process. Simmons has a great amount of athletic ability for his size with a reported wingspan of 7-foot-4, both attributes helping him terrorize opponents on the defensive end of the court. He is extremely limited offensively, getting most of his points on put-backs and shots close to the hoop. He has yet to define himself as a post presence, preferring to crash the offensive glass. Despite his offensive limitations, Simmons averaged almost 12 points per game as a sophomore, up from his 3.5 per contest as a freshman. Simmons is a work in progress, and he is refining his shooting touch. After clanking his way to a 54.5 percent from the free throw line in his first season, Simmons shot a respectable 67.8 percent from the charity stripe this past season. Though he barely ranked in the top-20 in the ACC in rebounding, he was able to compete against some of the best big men in the country. While he lacks the freakish athleticism that LSU's Tyrus Thomas possesses, Simmons has plenty of potential. It may take a few seasons for him to work his way into the rotation at the next level, but his abilities are suited for the pro game.