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Gainesville High grad Simonds putting off turning pro to return to Ga. State for junior season
Georgia State's D'Marcus Simonds, a Gainesville High graduate dribbles down court against Georgia Southern during a 2018 game in Atlanta. - photo by For The Times

Sun Belt Conference player of the year D’Marcus Simonds will return to Georgia State for his junior season.

The Gainesville High graduate Simonds announced his decision Wednesday .

As a sophomore, the 6-foot-3 guard set a school record by averaging 21.2 points game, along with 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He led the Panthers to the Sun Belt Tournament championship and their second NCAA appearance in four years .

Simonds says the “opportunity to remain at Georgia State with the group we have coming back was just too much to pass up.”

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