Joe Treutlein Henry Sims
has had a long and slow journey to the national scene in his four years at Georgetown, slowly earning more minutes and improving his numbers each season, and is now showing some consistent flashes that deserve attention given his physical tools.
Despite being fairly highly regarded coming out of high school (#34 Scout.com, #49 Rivals), Sims didn't see much playing time in his first two seasons at Georgetown, and only averaged 14 minutes per game as a junior.
Standing 6'10 with a well-built, broad-shouldered upper body and an adequate lower body, Henry Sims
is a decent athlete for his size, excelling more with mobility and coordination than explosiveness or quickness, but doesn't run the floor particularly well. He has good length, and despite his already solid overall bulk, he probably could still add some more, specifically in his lower body.
On the offensive end, Sims shows intriguing flashes in a variety of areas, though he hasn't really mastered any individual aspect of his game. He sees most of his touches operating in the low post at this stage, where he has a solid mix of finesse moves, but still is a little rough around the edges.
From the low block, Sims relies on an assortment of drop-steps, hook shots, and turnaround jumpers, showing the ability to turn off either shoulder and finish with either hand, though his touch isn't great with either. He has a strong tendency to extend his drop-steps under the rim, where he likes finishing with reverse lay-ups, doing a good job utilizing his length to create separation. Sims struggles operating through contact and doesn't really have a go-to move at this stage, showing inconsistent results with all aspects of his finesse game, and it's not likely teams at the next level would look for him to create his own offense in the post.
Sims' perimeter game isn't utilized as frequently, but could be more useful to him in the long-term, and he shows some excellent flashes already both with his dribble-drive and perimeter jumper. Sims does a good job putting the ball on the floor and driving to the rim both from the perimeter and turning into his opponent in the mid and high post, showing rangy strides and a decently controlled dribble for a player his size.
He will occasionally shift the ball between hands or make a subtle change of direction to get an angle on a defender, but primarily only operates on straight-lines. His biggest problem here is he doesn't do a good job finishing at the rim in these situations, not really possessing the ability to take the ball off the dribble for a high-percentage lay-up attempt due to his small hands, and having a difficult time powering through opponents due to his average strength, toughness and explosiveness.
Sims' mid-range jumper is similarly still developing, and not something he relies on very often. His shooting form is decent enough, and he has hit five of his nine jump shot attempts this season according to Synergy, but he still needs to improve his consistency here. He's also shooting 77% from the line this year (on 31 attempts thus far), which is a big upgrade from the sub-60% he's shot in the three previous seasons. If that number holds up and he continues knocking down mid-range jumpers for the rest of the season, it will be very helpful for his stock going forward.
Sims, like most Georgetown big men, also excels with his passing, showing excellent feel and vision operating from the perimeter, high post, and low post alike. He frequently makes passes to open cutters and shooters, doing a great job in the facilitator role for the Hoyas offense, to the tune of an outstanding 6.8 assists per-40 minutes. Not only does this rank him as the best passing big man in the NCAA
right now, he is currently garnering assists at a rate that rivals any power forward in our database in the last decade
The most troubling aspect of Sims' game from an offensive perspective is the contributions he makes operating off the ball, not really excelling in cuts or on the offensive glass, generating very little of his overall offense this way. Given his still unpolished skill level and likely role if he were to make it to the NBA, he'll need to make better use of his size and tools in these aspects of his game, which is critical for most role-playing bigs. Sims plays as mostly a below the rim player at this stage, only really showing the ability to consistently power up from standstill positions, and that could be troubling to him at the next level, though maximizing his lower body strength could help him, especially in this aspect of his game.
On the defensive end, Sims is still a work in progress. His attentiveness and effort level are both solid, but his lack of toughness, lower body strength and ability to get leverage hurt him defending the low post, where he's prone to being backed down by more physical players. Sims is not a particularly fluid athlete, which makes it difficult for him to bend his knees and get in a low stance to deny position.
For this reason he also looks uncomfortable on the perimeter, often giving big space to his man both contesting jump shots and defending pick-and-rolls, something that could be exploited at the next level. While offensively Sims should have no problem playing the power forward spot at the professional level, his poor lateral quickness would likely make it difficult for him to defend perimeter oriented big men who can attack off the dribble.
Perhaps the biggest problem for Sims defensively, though, is his extremely poor rebounding ability. For a player in his mold, this could be a major issue in looking to the next level, as he will really need to perform much better here.
Looking forward, Sims has some intriguing tools from an NBA perspective, with his size, length, and developing offensive skill set, and is obviously still improving given how late of a bloomer he is. How Sims performs down the stretch in conference play and if he can shore up some of his weaker areas, namely rebounding and defense, will likely be critical to his stock, but he's certainly a player who should get a good look at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament and possibly in workouts and the NBA summer league.