Gary Simmons Hall of Fame
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/12/2007
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While he may have been small in stature, Gary Simmons certainly didn’t play like it. The Vandal basketball star, whose jersey #6 is just the second to be retired at Idaho, was the leader of the team from 1955-58, twice earning team MVP honors. As a senior, Simmons led the Pacific Coast Conference in scoring, averaging 20.4 points per game, becoming the shortest player in PCC history to do so. He was also honored on four different All-America teams, as well as the All-PCC team, following that senior season. One of Simmons’ most memorable games was in the 1958 victory over UCLA, when he scored 37 points and attempted a school-record 20 free throws, sinking 15 to help seal the Vandal victory. His record 26 consecutive free throws made still hasn’t been touched after more than 50 years. Simmons ranks in the top 10 in 13 statistical categories at Idaho. A Twin Falls, Idaho, native, Simmons was also named Basketball Player of the Century by the Idaho High School Activities Association.


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