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Simmons Gets Chance

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Written by Dave Dulberg, USC blog contributor

While recently our attention has been focused on the Sixers' selection of Nikola Vucevic with the 16th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft last week, his former teammates (Alex Stepheson, Donte Smith and Marcus Simmons) who were in consideration for the draft are not forgotten.

Thanks to associate head coach Bob Cantu, we have some promising news regarding Simmons (picture right via OC Register).  
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Although the six-foot-six guard was not selected in the draft, he will get an opportunity this week to showcase his talents at a mini-camp for scouts from the San Antonio Spurs' organization.

While Simmons only averaged 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game during his senior season, his defensive effort against 2011 draftees like Klay Thompson (Warriors), Malcolm Lee (Timberwolves), Jordan Hamilton (Nuggets), Josh Selby (Grizzlies) and Tyler Honeycutt (Bulls) earned him the 2011 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Award.

On Thursday night, the Spurs traded for Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State) and drafted Corey Joseph (Texas) and Adam Hanga (Hungary).

However, if Simmons displays the same type of work ethic and intensity at both ends of the court he did while in a Trojan uniform, he may turn out to be a perfect fit for defensive-minded coach Greg Popovich.

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