Troy Simons commits to New Mexico

Troy Simons signs National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic career at the University of New Mexico.
Troy Simons signs National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic career at the University of New Mexico.

Troy Simons of Polk State signed a National Letter of Intent today to continue his academic and athletic career at the University of New Mexico. 

A sophomore guard from Pittsburgh, Simons led the NJCAA in points-per-game this past season with 26.3. 

"I want to say thanks to everybody who was with me from the beginning to the end: my father, Sam Simons; my mother, Ronetta Tyler; my family; Head Coach Matt Furjanic; and Unrico Abbondanza," said Simons. 

"I can't wait to step on the court at the University of New Mexico." 

The Lobos play in the Mountain West Conference, Their 16,000-seat arena, known as The Pit, has been in the top 25 nationally for the past 50 seasons in NCAA Division I for average attendance per game. 

"I am very excited for Troy," said Furjanic. 

"His hard work the last two years has put him in a position to receive a basketball scholarship to one of the best basketball programs in the country." 

In 26 games this season, Simons scored 685 points, shooting 46 percent from the field and 76.1 percent from the free-throw line.  

He earned a spot on the FCSAA/NJCAA Region VIII All-State Team and First Team All-Suncoast Conference.  

He was also named to the 2017 NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game, the first time a Polk State player has received an invitation. 

 
Dec 16
Men's Basketball 2:00 PM
at Santa Fe College
Gainesville, Fla.
Jan 02
Men's Basketball 4:00 PM
at Broward College
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Jan 04
Men's Basketball 7:00 PM
Harcum College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Jan 06
Men's Basketball 4:00 PM
Hillsborough Community College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Jan 10
Men's Basketball 7:00 PM
at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Bradenton, Fla.
Jan 17
Men's Basketball 7:30 PM
at Florida Southwestern
Fort Myers, Fla.
Jan 20
Men's Basketball 4:00 PM
St. Petersburg College
Winter Haven, Fla.
CONF ALL

Polk State College is committed to equal access/equal opportunity in its programs, activities, and employment. For additional information, visit polk.edu/equity<http://www.polk.edu/equity-diversity/>.