Draft wasn't a thought until his senior season
The rigors of a nationwide workout tour ahead of next week's NBA Draft suit Henry Sims just fine.
As little as a year ago, no one would have believed he even would be considered an NBA prospect. But after a stunning transformation as a senior at Georgetown, the 6-foot-11 Baltimore native has himself firmly in the range of being taken in the second round June 28.
"It feels good to be in this position," Sims said, after putting his skills on display for the Wizards on Thursday, his 13th of at least 15 workouts. "Two years ago this wouldn't be the case. I think it's a testament to my hard work. Anybody can be in this position if they work hard enough."
Sims was overshadowed upon his arrival at Georgetown by fellow big man Greg Monroe, who went on to be a top-10 pick after two seasons. But it wasn't until he rededicated himself before his final year of eligibility that Sims did his best impression of Monroe, turning into the Hoyas' key facilitator at center as well as a scoring and defensive presence.
After averaging 3.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and barely one assist per game as a junior, Sims led Georgetown last season in assists (3.5 apg) and was second in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and third in scoring (11.6 ppg) en route to the program's first NCAA tournament win since 2008.
The next step is showing NBA teams that he can make plays as well as pass the ball. He also wants to show that being described as a late bloomer doesn't indicate how much he has yet to blossom.
"A lot of people saw the Princeton offense. They thought it was just given the offense that I was able to do that," Sims said. "But you know, actually I can make plays. I can put the ball on the floor outside of the offense. I can do a lot of things that our offense didn't allow."
Whereas once his future seemed in doubt, Sims is so certain the NBA is in his future that there's little concern where he might be drafted.
"I'm not asking," he said. "We don't know until Thursday."