By Joe Henricksen
If you really want to be picky and find a negative with Simeon heading into the 2012-2013 season as the Wolverines begin their quest for a fourth straight state championship -- you know, the team that boasts the nation's top player, Jabari Parker, and Kendrick Nunn, along with emerging weapons like Kendall Pollard and sophomore D.J. Williams -- it might be a lack of size and a defensive/rebounding presence in the paint.
Well, problem solved. The official arrival of Leo transfer Russell Woods is official, the Hoops Report has learned. Woods, a talented 6-8 prospect in the Class of 2013, gives Simeon just that -- size and an inside presence. Woods has finalized the paperwork and officially transferred to the South Side power.
In addition, coach Rob Smith will add a perimeter threat as well. Leo's Sean Moore, Jr., a 6-2 scoring guard, is also transferring to Simeon. Moore may not have the name recognition of Russell Woods, but he will prove to be a valuable commodity for Simeon as well with an ability to space the floor with his shooting ability.
Woods has widely been considered one of the better prospects in his class since he entered high school. While his progress as a player has been up and down over the past three seasons, he's an immediate impact player for Simeon with his size and presence. With the national schedule Simeon will embark on in 2012-2013, size is a key component in competing against a national schedule. Woods will provide just that.
When school starts this fall, Simeon's basketball program will welcome not only Woods and Moore, but Danville transfer Dante Ingram as well. Ingram is an up-and-coming 6-4 junior who has played with the Wolverines all summer after enrolling this past spring. He's among the top 20 prospects in the Class of 2014.
In addition, an eye-opening collection of incoming freshmen is headed to the halls of Simeon, led by 6-5 Ben Coupet and promising guards Zach Norvell and Joshua Thomas. Coupet, who turned heads at the Fab Frosh Camp in Atlanta in late June and is already among the top prospects in his class nationally, and his incoming freshmen classmates will restock the talent pool at Simeon.
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