Draft Feature - Odyssey Sims
Sims was hard to miss even as a high school basketball player. She started all four years at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas. She is known for her speed, quickness and ability to play both ends of the floor. During her high school career, Sims averaged 22.5 points, 4.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds as a senior and led MacArthur to a No. 4 national ranking along with a No. 1 state ranking. She was named a WBCA, Parade magazine and McDonald's All-American, two-time Gatorade Player of the Year nominee, with an appearance on the December 2009 cover of ESPN's Rise magazine and was named to the All-USA Girls Basketball team by USA Today.
After her senior season, on May 21, 2010, Sims' No. 3 jersey was retired, marking the first time any athletic jersey, boys or girls, had been retired in the 47 year history of the school. In addition, since the founding of the Irving ISD in 1909, Sims is the first athlete of any sport, boys or girls, to have a jersey officially retired. Then, she became a Baylor Bear.
Sims brought all her talent to Baylor and didnít disappoint. She was named National USBWA Freshman of the Year, Big 12 Freshman of the Year and All-Big 12 first team, earned the team's Most Improved Player Award, State Farm/WBCA All-America honorable mention status and was named Big 12 Player of the Week five times. She averaged 29.8 minutes and 13.1 points per game during her first year with the Bears, and her numbers only increased from there.
During her sophomore season, Sims averaged 32.2 minutes and 14.9 points per game, while averaging 19.6 points per game against Baylor's 13 ranked opponents. She was named USBWA All-American, NCAA Championship Final Four All-Tournament team, Des Moines Regional All-Tournament team, AP All-America second team, All-Big 12 first team, All-Big 12 Defensive team and to the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team. Her biggest accomplishment as a sophomore was being a key part in the Baylor Bears National Championship victory. The Bears finished 2012 undefeated, with a 40-0 record.
Her talent increased each year, which made her a threat to anyone who tried to stop her. She averaged 12.9 points, 5.8 assists, 2.8 steals and 2.5 rebounds per game, but her injuries didnít stop her from being named a Consensus All-American and a finalist for all national player of the year awards. She also shared team Co-MVP honors for the second straight year with Baylor center Brittney Griner.
In her final collegiate season, Sims stepped right out of Grinerís shadow to become the country's biggest scoring threat. There was only one game where she scored less than 25 points. She leaves Baylor as their all-time leader in assists (641) and three-point field goals made (258). During the 2013-14 season, she averaged 28.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. She led Baylor to this yearís Elite Eight but fell to Notre Dame. Sims (1,054) fell eight points short of Jackie Stilesí NCAA record for most points scored in a single season.
Sims was named the 2014 Lieberman Award Winner at the Final Four. An award for the past two years had been given to Shock guard Skylar Diggins. The draft is less than a week away, and no matter where Sims ends up, the WNBA is about to get another outstanding player.