Victorian wing Tyrone Simos-Primerano is the latest Australian set to make the transition to US College basketball, committing to Big South school Gardner-Webb.
An athletic 6’7 wing, Simos-Primerano was a member of the under 20 Victorian state team in both 2019 and 2020. Unfortunately for the Southern Sabres representative player, he suffered an untimely injury in the opening game of the 2020 nationals. Despite breaking his hand, his team would however go onto to win the national championship.
Earning an under 18 Victorian State Championship title with the Sabres, Simos-Primerano would also make the transition to senior representative basketball in 2019, including Big V Youth League and NBL1 level during 2019.
Basketball Victoria under 20 men's head coach Chris Anstey explained that Simos-Primerano had exceptional talent and a high ceiling.
"A great kid with super speed, and great first step," shared Anstey on Simos-Primerano's strengths. "He has tremendous upside as his shot continues to develop."
Simos-Primerano has a ability to put the ball on the floor and beat opponents off the dribble, and while he does not play above the rim, he is able to finish strongly inside the paint through traffic. His improving jumper means you cannot sag off him either. Defensively he reads and anticipates the play extremely well, and with quick hands is great with deflections and forcing turnovers.
Gardner-Webb finished the 2019/20 season in third place in the Big South with an overall 16-16 record. The Runnin' Bulldogs roster for next season is guard heavy, providing Simos-Primerano with an opportunity to make an immediate impression.