Kyley Simmons will transfer to Illinois following the spring semester.
April 24, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois head coach Matt Bollant announced Wednesday that Missouri guard Kyley Simmons has signed a tender of financial aid and will transfer to Illinois following the completion of the spring semester. An All-Big 12 Freshman team selection in 2012, Simmons will sit out the 2013-14 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
"Kyley is a very talented combo guard," Bollant said. "She shoots the ball extremely well, is a very good passer and she plays extremely hard. We are thrilled to have her join our family. She was one of the top guards coming out of high school that we saw.
Simmons posted a team-high 111 assists on her way to All-Big 12 Freshman honors in 2011-12. She averaged a team-best 36.2 minutes per game and was the only Mizzou player to start all 31 games that season. She shot 40.5 percent from the field (49-of-121), including a team-best 38.9 percent (37-of-95) from three-point range. She ranked third in the Big 12 in three-point percentage and posted a 1.25:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, which ranked 14th. Her 36.2 minutes per game ranked fourth in the league in 2011-12.
This past season, Simmons averaged 2.6 assists per game while helping run the best three-point shooting team in the SEC, as Missouri averaged 8.2 treys per game. She also improved her ball handling, raising her assist-to-turnover margin to 1.7:1 in 2012-13 with 82 assists and 48 turnovers.
A native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Simmons was a three-time Iowa Girls' Coaches Association All-State selection from 2009-11, as well as a three-time All-Region pick by the IGCA. She earned Iowa Class 3A/4A All-State first-team honors in 2010 from the Omaha World-Herald, and played in both the IBCA Senior Basketball Classic and the Iowa All-State Classic in 2011. In addition, she earned first-team honors at the 2011 Nike Classic Chicago Tournament.