Cordova’s Simon signs with Meridian Community College

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 5/18/17

CORDOVA — Jaylon Simon starred on both the football field and basketball court for the Cordova Blue Devils.

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Cordova’s Simon signs with Meridian Community College


CORDOVA — Jaylon Simon starred on both the football field and basketball court for the Cordova Blue Devils.

When it came time to select a sport to play at the next level — it was a slam dunk.

“Basketball is my sport,” said Simon, who signed a letter-of-intent with Meridian (Miss.) Community College on Tuesday. “I play it all, but this is my favorite.”

Simon became the second Cordova High School player to sign this month. Teammate Graham Martin, who transferred to Cordova from Walker High School along with Simon midway the 2016 season, signed with Huntingdon College on May 9.

At Cordova, Simon came off the bench for coach Heath Burns’ squad, but saw plenty of minutes on the court. He averaged 5.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists a game.

Simon’s best game came against Sheffield, where he registered a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

“Jaylon came to Cordova at a really good time. We were in need of a point guard that could get up and down the floor in our system. He fit that mode perfectly,” Burns said. “He’s one of those guys that doesn’t look to shoot first. He looks to get the ball to our scorers. He’s very unselfish. He would sacrifice anything for the win. Jaylon passed up a lot of shots that he could’ve taken. He wanted to get a higher percentage shot.”

At Meridian Community College, which is located in east Mississippi, Simon will play for coach James Green, who has also been the head coach at Southern Miss, Mississippi Valley State and Jacksonville State.

“I’m looking forward to pushing on even further,” Simon added. “If I can take my athletic career further, I will. This is important to me, but education is important, too. I’m just staying on the right path. I’m blessed to have had the coaching staff I had the last two years. I’m just thankful. I give it to God.”

At Cordova, Simon was a part of two Class 4A Final Four teams. The 2016 team finished as the state runner up while this year’s team lost to eventual state champion Hale County in the semifinals.

Burns sees Simon upping his game at the next level.

“There is no doubt that his best days on the basketball court are ahead of him. He’s so athletic. He jumps well, gets to the basket and can handle the ball with either hand. He’s what a point guard is supposed to be. I think he will go to college and his game will take off. When he gets on campus, he’s going to thrive. He’s going to be a big-time college player.”