By Joe Henricksen
Aaron Simpson, North Chicago's high-scoring guard, committed to coach Tim Jankovich and Illinois State on Wednesday. The 5-11 senior is the No. 6 ranked player in the Hoops Report's Class of 2012 player rankings.
Last season, Simpson led North Chicago to the Class 3A semifinals after the Warhawks finished 12-13 in the regular season. North Chicago fell to Centralia in the state semifinals and then lost to Brooks in the third-place game to finish the year 17-15. Simpson, an AP second-team Class 3A all-state selection last season, averaged 22.5 points and 3.9 assists a game.
Simpson's game has always been about putting the ball in the hole with impressive offensive abilities. He slashes to the basket, makes shots from the perimeter and converts runners and floaters. A year ago he knocked down 66 three-pointers.
Simpson will join a Redbird recruiting class that will feature Normal Community guard Anthony Beane, who is the son of Illinois State assistant coach Anthony Beane, Sr.