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20 Diamon Simpson

Career Highlights: Finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in rebounds (1,130), blocked shots (239), steals (174), free throws made (470), and free throws attempted (777)...ranks third all-time in scoring at Saint Mar's with 1,603 points...his 239 career blocks ranks second in the West Coast Conference...he finished his career ranked 10th in the WCC in rebounds...played a school record 128 career games...helped Saint Mary’s to an 87-41 (.679) during his four years...the 87 wins rank as the most wins in school history for a Saint Mary’s player, he is tied with Ian O’Leary for the most wins by a player in school history.

As a senior (2008-09): Was a First Team All-West Coast Conference selection for the third time in his career...named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season...garnered Fourth Team High Mid-Major Honors by seven points and had nine rebounds in the Hershey's Senior All-Star game...averaged 13.8 points and 10.7 rebounds in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, helping his team to the a runner-up finish...started every game for the Gaels, including the last 98 games for Saint Mary’s...averaged a double-double with 13.8 points and a team-high 10.8 rebounds per game...was one of 18 players in the country to average a double-double and his 10.8 rebounds per game ranked 11th in the country...broke the all-time Saint Mary’s rebound record when he had nine rebounds against CSU Bakersfield (1/2/09)...finished the year with 377 rebounds, giving him 1,130 career rebounds, which ranks 10th all-time in the West Coast Conference...twice honored as the WCC Player of the Week, on 12/15/08 and 12/29/08, giving him seven WCC POW awards for his career, which is second all-time in the WCC...averaged 18.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6.0 blocks and 2.5 steals per contest in the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic en route to a Classic MVP selection...was named the WCC Player of the Month for November...finished the year with a career-high 17 double-doubles, bringing his career total to 37...posted double-figures in points 27 times and  rebounds 20 times...had a career-best 18 boards against Oregon...tallied a season-high 24 points against WCC foe Pepperdine (1/17/09) on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor...averages 1.8 blocks per game and is second on the team with 51 blocks...had two or more blocks in 14 contests...posted multiple steals in 12 games and was first on the team with 61 steals...had a career-high six steals against Portland in the semifinal game of the WCC Tournament...shot 50.5 percent from the field on the season...scored 23 points against San Francisco on Feb. 5 when he was 8-for-11 from the floor, 2-for-2 from three, and made 5-of-6 free throws...tied his career-high with four assists against Providence on Nov. 30...had a season-high seven blocks against Morgan State, which was one shy of his career-high for blocks...had an 11-game streak with 10 or more rebounds in a game.

As a junior (2007-08): Started every game this season... garnered First Team All-WCC honors and was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year...was a two-time WCC Player of the Month selection for January and February...was a two-time WCC Player of the Week selection as first on the team rebounds (9.5 rpg), blocks (1.8 bpg), field goal percentage (55.4) and second in scoring (13.6 ppg)...holds the all-time Gael’s career record for blocks with 179...joined the Gaels exclusive 1,000 point club as its 25th member... also became the eighth player in school history to record 700 rebounds... has scored in double figures in 25-of-31 games and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds 16 times...scored in double figures in the last 11 games...has 13 double-doubles and 20 for his career...tied his career-high with 16 rebounds against San Diego shooting 43.2 percent from 3-point land and has hit a three from deep in the last three games...had a season-high five blocks against Sonoma State...had 18 points and 12 rebounds against then #11 ranked Oregon and was 7-for-12 from the overall game of the year came against Kent State with 24 points, 15 rebounds, three steals and three blocks on 10-of-18 shooting.

As a sophomore (2006-07): Was named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team...was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Month for January...was named the WCC Player of the Week three times...was the only player on the roster to start every game...was named the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic Most Valuable Player...led the team in both scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounds (7.7 rpg)...ranked 10th in the WCC in scoring and fourth in rebounds...shot 48.3 percent from the floor and 63.5 percent from the free throw line...led the team in points (452), rebounds (245), blocks (79), and steals (43)...had six double-double performances as a sophomore, bringing his career total to eight...had seven double digit rebound games...scored in double figures in 25-of-32 games...topped the 20-point mark five times...had a career-high 29 points and a season-high 11 rebounds in SMC’s 80-75 win over Gonzaga on Jan. 15...had 26 points against Belmont, 24 points against Pepperdine on Jan. 27, and 21 points against San Diego on Jan. 22...ranked 17th in the country in blocked shots with 79 and his average of 2.4 blocks per game ranked 20th in the nation...helped Saint Mary’s finish 21st in total blocks (174) and 19th overall with 5.4 blocks per game...his 79 blocks accounted for 45 percent of the teams total blocks...had a career-high eight blocked shots against Pepperdine on Jan. 27...also had six blocks against San Diego State and five blocks against Belmont and Pepperdine...had season-highs when he was 9-for-18 from the field against Pepperdine on Jan. 27.

As a freshman (2005-06): Was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshmen Team...played in 29 games with one start as a true freshman...came off the bench to record 217 points, 14 assists, 201 rebounds, 45 blocks and 31 steals...averaged 8.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.1 steals, and 0.5 assists per game...led the team in rebounds and blocked shots and was second on the team in steals...his 6.9 rebounds per game ranked fifth in the WCC...his 45 blocks rank second in the SMC single season list and ranked second in the conference in 2005-06...scored a career-high 14 points twice, once against Saint Joseph’s on December 28 and the second against conference rival Pepperdine on February 25...made a career-high 12 free throws against the Waves, including 10 straight...recorded a career-high 16 rebounds against San Francisco on January 30...recorded 10 offensive rebounds in the first half of that game...recorded at least 10 boards in four games...averaged 21.6 minutes of action per game...recorded two double-doubles, the first against Saint Joseph’s when he scored 14 points and grabbed 13 boards, the second against San Francisco when he scored 12 points and grabbed 16 boards...recorded career-highs in blocks and steals against San Diego with four and five, respectively...recorded three blocks in six games...recorded multiple steals six times.

High School: Averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds per game as a senior at Hayward High School...helped his team post a 19-11 record in 2004-05...led his squad to a 31-2 campaign in 2003-04...his junior season saw Hayward HS capture a North Coast Section Cham­pi­onship and post a runner-up finish in the California State Championships...was a two-time Hayward Area Athletic League selection...garnered third-team All-Metro honors following the 2004-05 campaign...was considering USC, Washington, Oregon State, Oklahoma State and Wake Forest before signing with the Gaels.

Personal: Born on September 8, 1987...mother is Oneika an only majoring in communications.


Position: Forward
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 230
Year: Senior
Hometown: Hayward, CA (Hayward HS)
Experience: 3 Letters
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