More than 200 MSU student-athletes recognized for academic excellence
157 Student-Athletes Honored at 3rd Annual Honors Banquet and Awards Ceremony
Downing scores 12, while Kirk and Marshall add 8 points apiece for Bears in humbling road defeat
Missouri State trails ISU 43-25 at the half with the Bears going just 1-for-12 from beyond the arc
More than 200 Missouri State student-athletes earn academic distinction
An athletic guard with great leaping ability, Michael Simpson specializes in his long-range shooting and can provide the Bears with an instant spark off the bench.
High School: Simpson had a sensational senior year at Klein Collins High School just outside of Houston, Texas ... Averaged 15.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists for coach Scott Harmatuk's Tigers in 2011-12 while making 81 percent of his free throws ... Tigers, a Class 5A program, were 19-14 Simpson's senior season ... During his junior year, he averaged 14.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals ... Finished his career with over 1,000 points ... Was a two-time all-district selection and was ranked No. 37 on the Greater Houston Top 150 Seniors List ... An honors student with a 3.6 grade-point average, he also played AAU ball for the elite Texas Pro squad ... Signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Bears on May 8, 2012 ... Recruited primarily by former assistant Kyle Smithpeters.
Personal: Michael William Simpson was born 7/28/93 in Spring, Texas ... Son of Bob and Mary Anne Simpson of Spring, Texas ... Has a brother, Brian and sister, Beth ... Undeclared on his major (3.00 GPA), but plans to pursue a career in business ... Biggest sports thrill was playing on ESPN as a member of Texas Pro AAU squad ... Chose MSU over Lamar, Hartford, SE Louisiana, UMKC, Florida Gulf Coast, and NOrthern Colorado ... Also recruited by South Carolina, Colorado State, Tulsa, college of Charleston, Loyola and Sam Houston.