GREENSBORO, N.C. – Clemson senior forward Aamir Simms has been selected as the recipient of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Skip Prosser Award and headlines the 2020-21 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team.
The Skip Prosser Award is presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in ACC men’s basketball. It is named in memory of Wake Forest head basketball coach George Edward “Skip” Prosser, who passed away on July 26, 2007. Prosser compiled a 291-146 career record in 14 seasons as a head coach, including a 126-68 mark in his six years with Wake Forest. Every Wake Forest senior he coached graduated, and the Deacons placed nine players on the annual All-ACC Academic Basketball Team during his tenure.
To be nominated for the Skip Prosser Award, a student-athlete must be an upperclassman with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better – both in his career and in the previous two semesters. Sixty percent of the award is based on academic achievement and 40 percent on athletic accomplishments.
Clemson guard Cliff Hammonds (2008), Miami guard Jack McClinton (2009), Virginia center Jerome Meyinsse (2010), North Carolina center Tyler Zeller (2011 and 2012), Duke center Mason Plumlee (2013), Pitt guard Cameron Wright (2014), North Carolina’s Marcus Paige (2015 and 2016), Miami’s Davon Reed (2017), North Carolina’s Luke Maye (2018 and 2019) and Florida State’s Trent Forrest (2020) are past Skip Prosser Award recipients.
A native of Palmyra, Virginia, Simms earned his second career All-ACC honor Monday, claiming second-team honors after receiving third-team recognition last season. He is averaging 13.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He is the only player in the league to lead his team in points, rebounds and assists, and is on track to do so for the second consecutive season. Simms also was the first Tiger to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks in the same season.
The 42nd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, Simms is one of just four players in Clemson history to amass 1,000 points, 550 rebounds, 150 assists, 75 steals and 75 blocks in a career, joining Trevor Booker, Horace Grant and Larry Nance. He was one of 15 players named to the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award Watch List and one of 10 players on the Karl Malone Watch List for the nation’s best power forward.
A member of the All-ACC Academic Team for the third straight season, Simms is a Dean’s List honoree, and recipient of ACC Academic Honor Roll laurels, and also has completed two for-credit internships with the non-profit US Play Coalition.
ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters. The award is based 60 percent on academic achievement and 40 percent on athletic accomplishment.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.
2020-21 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team
Name, School, Pos., Cl., Major
Jonathan Baehre, Clemson, F, Gr., Athletic Leadership (Masters)
Nick Honor, Clemson, G, Jr., Communications
John Newman, Clemson, G, Jr., Communications
Olivier Maxence Prosper, Clemson, F, Fr., Pre-Business
Aamir Simms*, Clemson, F, Sr., Sport Communications
Hunter Tyson, Clemson, F, Jr., Sport Communications
Jaemyn Brakefield, Duke, F, Fr., Undeclared
Wendell Moore Jr., Duke, F, So., Undeclared
DJ Steward, Duke, G, Fr., Undeclared
Mark Williams, Duke, C, Fr., Undeclared
Balsa Koprivica, Florida State, C, So., Sport Management
Sardaar Calhoun, Florida State, G, Jr., Interdisc. Social Science
Kyle Sturdivant, Georgia Tech, G, So., Business Administration
Dre Davis, Louisville, F, Fr., Sport Administration
David Johnson, Louisville, G, So., Sport Administration
Samuell Williamson, Louisville, F, So., Sport Administration
Nysier Brooks, Miami, C, R-Sr., Criminology
RJ Davis, North Carolina, G, Fr., Undecided
Kerwin Walton, North Carolina, G, Fr., Undecided
Braxton Beverly, NC State, G, Sr., Sport Management
Cam Hayes, NC State, G, Fr., Exploratory Studies
Shakeel Moore, NC State, G, Fr., Exploratory Studies
Nikola Djogo, Notre Dame, G, Gr., MBA-Strategy & UG-Management Consulting
Elijah Morgan, Notre Dame, G, So., Sociology & Business Econ. (Minor)
Cormac Ryan, Notre Dame, G, Jr., Management Consulting
William Jeffress, Pitt, G/F, Fr., Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Femi Odukale, Pitt, G, Fr., Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Jesse Edwards, Syracuse, C, So., Biology
Joseph Girard III, Syracuse, G, So., Broadcast & Digital Journalism
Quincy Guerrier, Syracuse, F, So., Undeclared
Sam Hauser, Virginia, F, R-Sr., Youth & Social Innovation
Jay Huff, Virginia, F, R-Sr., Educational Psychology
Justin McKoy, Virginia, F, So., Undeclared
Trey Murphy III, Virginia, G, Jr., Religion
Tomas Woldetensae, Virginia, G, Sr., Studio Art
Nahiem Alleyne, Virginia Tech, G, So., Human Development
Wabissa Bede, Virginia Tech, G, Sr., (Masters) Agriculture & Life Sciences; Leadership Studies
Hunter Cattoor, Virginia Tech, G, So., Human Development
Jalen Cone, Virginia Tech, G, So., Human Development
Justyn Mutts, Virginia Tech, F, R-Jr., (Masters) Agriculture & Life Sciences; Education
Jonah Antonio, Wake Forest, G, Gr., Liberal Studies
Ian DuBose, Wake Forest, G, Gr., Liberal Studies
Jalen Johnson, Wake Forest, G, Gr., Sustainability Certificate
*Skip Prosser Award winner