4-Star PF/C Enjoys 2nd Visit to UVa

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Virginia head men’s basketball coach Dave Leitao played host to 6-10, 210-pound junior Henry Sims this past weekend. Rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com, Sims, a standout for Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore, MD), enjoyed trip to Charlottesville according to his head coach.

Sims has now visited Virginia twice, with the first time coming last fall for the home opener against Arizona.

“Both times, he enjoyed it,” Mount St. Joseph’s head coach Pat Clatchey said. “He likes Virginia. They are one of the schools he is strongly considering. I don’t know if he has a leader or a favorite…I haven’t really gotten into that aspect with him. I know their staff is showing a lot of interest. He is a very talented young player with a lot of potential. I will also say that he is an outstanding young man who comes from a very good family.”

Sims has been a 3-year performer on the varsity level for the Gaels. His first season as a starter came this past season. He stepped up to the challenge.

“He has been a 3-year varsity player for us,” Clatchey said. “His freshman year, he played on a team that went 31-4. As a sophomore, he played on a team that went 38-1. We graduated four seniors from the 38-1 team and [Maryland recruit] Dino Gregory was the only kid returning that had started a varsity game. But we felt real comfortable with Henry moving into the starting line-up. I thought he had a really good season. He averaged about 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks per game.”

With a solid work ethic, Sims has improved his game each of his past three seasons.

“Henry has progressed each year,” Clatchey said. “When I think how he has developed each year, I realize he has gotten much better each year. He is learning what it takes. I remember when Henry first came to us as a freshman, I typed up a quote and gave it to him. The quote said, ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’ He has always been blessed with size and athleticism. It’s about how hard he is willing to work. The ball is in his court, and I think he has really picked it up.”

Heading into his senior season, Sims is looking to become more of an offensive force. He