VILLANOVA: Hopes to enjoy a healthy 2008-098 after battling ankle injuries last season ... Before those cropped up in the early going demonstrated great promise in the middle ... Transformed his body between freshman and sophomore campaigns through a strenuous strength and conditioning regimen.
2007-08: Played in 21 games with nine starts and averaged 13.2 minutes per game ... Season marks were 4.9 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game ... Shot 52.4 percent from the field (43-82) and 44.4 percent at the foul line (16-36) ... Tallied 12 blocks and 10 steals ... Scored in double figures twice and had at least 10 rebounds on three occasions.
Post Season: Collected two points, three rebounds and a steal in win over Siena ... Left the game with what was later revealed to be a fractured right ankle ... Underwent surgery on March 25 at Bryn Mawr Hospital to have a screw inserted into the ankle ... Had two points and two rebounds in come-from-behind victory over Clemson ... Made his only field goal attempt in both games ... Played two minutes in both games at the BIG EAST Tournament, coming up with one rebound and one blocked shot.
Regular Season: Missed nine out of 10 games between December 14 and January 26 ... Was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right ankle and was limited due to the injury ... Missed 14 games overall this season due to ankle issues ... Wound up starting nine of 17 games and averaging 5.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest on 51.3 percent shooting from the field ... During the season's first seven games averaged 7.9 points and 8.6 rebounds while going 25-of-43 (58.1 percent) from the field ... That stretch included all three of his double figure rebounding games on the year ... Pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds against North Carolina State in the final game of the Old Spice Classic ... Tallied 24 points and 32 rebounds in three games at the tournament ... Contributed 10 points to win over Louisiana State on December 6 and scored a career-high 11 points against Syracuse on February 2.
Big East Regular Season: Played in eight games with two starts but was limited by a stress fracture in his right ankle that was diagnosed in December ... Averaged 12.1 minutes per game in his appearances and chipped in 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest ... That included a career-high 11-point scoring performance against Syracuse on February 2 ... Had six points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot in just 12 minutes against South Florida.
2006-07: Averaged 1.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per outing in 19 appearances ... Connected on 50 percent of his field goal attempts in limited action ... Served a one game suspension and was not in uniform for the Mar. 3 victory over Syracuse ... Saw 15 minutes of action against Connecticut on Feb. 28 ... Scored two points and grabbed five rebounds while providing valuable minutes inside with Villanova in foul trouble ... Contributed one assist in four minutes of a 64-48 win over Cincinnati on Feb. 14 ... Added four points and one rebound in five minutes of a 65-59 loss to No. 7 Pittsburgh on Jan 29 at the Wachovia Center ... Provided 13 valuable minutes of defense and rebounding in a 56-52 win over Georgetown on Jan. 8 ... Dropped in six points and collected four rebounds while helping slow Hoya standout prospect Roy Hibbert ... Logged 20 impressive minutes in a 108-61 win over Rider, setting new career standards in points (nine) and rebounds (eight) ... Did not accompany Wildcats to Oklahoma so that he could attend the funeral of a family member in New Jersey ... Scored two points and grabbed five rebounds in a 72-44 win at Stony Brook on Nov. 30 ... Made his college debut at Northwood, scoring four points and picking up two rebounds in 11 minutes of action against the Seahawks.
BLOOMFIELD TECH: Emerged as one of New Jersey's top interior players as a junior ... Averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds in 2004-05 ... Named to the 2006 Jordan Classic Regional All-American game held at Madison Square Garden.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 10, 1988 in Queens, N.Y. ... Makes his home in East Orange, N.J. ... Mother is Eloise Simmons ... Siblings include Caleif (23), Camel (22), Cassi Simmons (18), Jonathan (15) and Casey Simmons (12) ... Enjoys writing, reading, and listening to music in his spare time ... Selected Villanova for its family atmosphere ... First name is pronounced "Ca-seem".