The Hornets are dialed in and ready to host the first annual Walt Simon Classic that runs Friday, November 8th through Saturday, November 10th.
The tournament will feature six high-level teams that will play in a Round Robin bracket. Pool A will feature Saddleback, West Hills, and Fullerton. Pool B will consist of Citrus, San Diego City, and San Diego Mesa.
The Walt Simon Basketball Classic begins Thursday, November 8th with the games running at 3:00 pm (Saddleback vs. Citrus), 5:00 pm (West Hills vs. San Diego City), and 7:00 pm (Fullerton vs. San Diego Mesa).
Before the Fullerton / Mesa game, Walt Simon will be honored by the Hornet staff. Representing the Simon family will be Walt's son Miles. The 1997 NCAA Final Four MVP, Miles helped his University of Arizona team to the National Title. Simon worked as an assistant coach at Arizona under legendary coach Lute Olson and is currently working as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Adults- $8.00 a day (10 & Up)
3-Day Pass $20.00
FC Students - Free (Must have current ID W/ ASB sticker) Visiting Team Students - $5.00 (Must have current ID W/ ASB sticker) Children Under 10 - FREE Senior Citizens - $6.00 (62 & Over) Tickets will be sold at the gate - no pre-sale tickets are available.
About Walt Simon
Hornet basketball star Walt Simon is one of the most prolific scorers to ever come out of Fullerton College. Playing in the 1964-65 and 1965-66 seasons, Simon not only led the Hornet team in scoring (893 points in 64-65 and 815 points in 65-66), but also holds the two-year scoring state record (1708 total points in 63 games). Simon was named State Player of the year for both of those seasons as well.
After his playing days at Fullerton College ended, Simon received a full basketball scholarship to the University of Utah where he averaged 15 points a game and was voted first team All-League. He was also voted Best Defensive Player in the conference his senior year.
In 1968 Simon was drafted by the Seattle Sonics of the NBA and the Denver Rockets of the American Basketball Association. His professional experiences include playing with and against many professional basketball players in the United States and in Europe.
Simon's coaching experiences include working with youth basketball, high school, junior college, NCAA Division I & II, and professionally in America and Europe. At the college level, he has worked for Fresno State, CSU Fullerton, Fullerton College, Concordia, and Point Loma and has also helped at Mater Dei High School and with AAU Basketball. In the mid 1970's, Simon was the head coach for a European professional team. In addition, he is the founder of Basic Basketball School where he and other instructors work to develop players' basketball skills and their knowledge of the game. Simon also had a run of 10 years working with both the men and women's Vanguard basketball programs.