Lincoln – The Lincoln College men’s basketball team is pleased to announce the signing of guards Aaron Simpson and Marzhon Bryant, both of North Chicago High School.
Simpson, a 6-foot guard, will join the Lynx after a highly decorated career at North Chicago, in which he scored over 2,000 career points and twice led the Warhawks to the IHSA Class 3A Final Four, including finishing as the Runner-Up in 2012.
During his senior season, Simpson scored 812 points, for an average of 25.3 points per game in leading the Warhawks to a 25-7 record overall. For his efforts, he received several accolades, notably finishing third in the voting for the state’s annual Mr. Basketball competition. Simpson was also one of five players named to the Chicago Tribune’s All-State First Team. Simpson was also selected the Chicago Sun-Times Class 3A First Team All-State team, the Illinois Associated Press Class 3A All-State First Team, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A/4A First Team All-State team as well as receiving several other awards and honors.
Simpson will be joined at Lincoln College by Bryant, who averaged over 11 points per game for the Warhawks this season.
Simpson and Bryant signed their letters of intent to Lincoln College last week.
“We are very excited about the additions of Aaron and Marzhon to our basketball program,” said Lincoln College head basketball Pat Lepper. “Aaron has been one of the best pure scorers in the state of Illinois during his high school career and we’re quite certain that with continued hard work on his part, his scoring ability will translate well to our level. Marzhon is highly athletic. We hope to develop other aspects of his game and help him become a more complete basketball player.
“Much of the credit for their recruitment must go to my assistant coach, Tanner Morris, who established a relationship with the North Chicago program prior to their recent high school season. While the proud tradition of Lincoln College’s men’s basketball program always attracts quality basketball players, Coach Morris’s recruiting efforts deserve praise.
“In conclusion, we also look forward to assisting in Aaron and Marzhon’s development off the court, especially in the class room. Above all else, they are expected to be good students and good citizens. After the time I’ve spent with them, I am confident they will be as good off the court as they are on it.”