Former Temecula Valley High School standout Justin Simon has signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Chicago Bulls after a solid season in the 2019-2020 NBA Summer League.
Playing for the Bulls, Simon averaged 6.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. His defensive abilities, coupled with his 6-foot-5 height and 6-foot-11 wingspan he showed enough upside to convince the Bulls to bring him in.
According to NBC Sports Chicago, the NBA’s Exhibit 10 contract is new and facilitated during the NBA’s last Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“What it means is that a player under this type of contract will get the league’s minimum salary on a non-guaranteed deal that can include bonuses up to $50,000,” Michael Walton said in the report. “The deal will allow Simon to participate in training camp with the Bulls with the goal of making the roster.”
Simon announced he was leaving St. John’s University after two years at the Big East school. Last season he led the team in rebounding, assists, and steals and was the only player to rank in the top five of the Big East in each of those categories. He topped the conference and ranked eighth nationally in steals while finishing second in the league in assists.
Simon led the Johnnies with nine double-doubles, including an 11-point, 11-rebound and nine-assist outing against St. Joseph’s University at Mohegan Sun Arena. He averaged 10.4 points per game, 5.1 rebounds and had 108 assists this season.
The Red Storm reached the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament before losing to Marquette, and the team was bounced from the NCAA tournament after a loss to Arizona State University in the first round.
During his junior year at Temecula Valley in 2014, Simon led the Golden Bears to the best season in school history, the most wins in school history, an undefeated league season and championship and took the Bears to the CIF-Southern Section divisional semifinal.
That year he averaged 17.5 points and was named MVP of the Southwestern League and made the all-CIF First Team.
After the summer of his junior year, Simon announced he would be transferring to Wolfeboro Brewster Academy in New Hampshire for his senior season.
At the start of the season at Brewster, Simon committed to play for the University of Arizona. But after just one season, Simon transferred to St. John’s University to play for NBA Hall of Famer and St. John’s alumnus Chris Mullin.
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