|High School:||Box Hill Secondary|
The incoming freshman from Doncaster, Australia was a member of the Basketball Australia's National Intensive Training Program in 2010-11, a program which has produced standouts like Lauren Jackson (Australian Opals/Seattle Storm) and men's players Patrick Mills (Australian Boomers/San Antonio Spurs) and Andrew Bogut (Australian Boomers/Golden State Warriors).
"We are really looking forward to having Emily join our program this fall," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "Emily brings with her a ton of playing experience having grown up through the Australian club basketball system. She can play several different positions on the floor and do a little bit of everything – shoot, attack, defend, pass. She is a very well rounded and complete player. She has had a very successful basketball career to this point and I anticipate her to be able to immediately add to our depth on the perimeter."
Simons won national junior championships in 2012 with both the Victorian Under-20 State team and Victorian School Girls (Under-18) Team. With the Under-18 Team, she averaged 9.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while hitting 38 percent from three-point range.
She was a part of the Bulleen Boomers' Developmental Program, playing at both the Big V youth level and at the Big V Championship level. This past season, she posted over 12 points and five rebounds per game in Big V Championship play. In 2012, she earned the Sporting Blue Award for Most Outstanding Female Basketball Player in the state of Victoria and also earned the Big V Best Defender award. In 2011, she earned the Boomers' Michelle Timms Award for Most Outstanding Player Under 18.
While attending high school at Box Hill Secondary College, she was a member of the varsity team and co-captain as the squad won the 2012 Victorian College Championship. In 2011, she helped Box Hill to the McDonald's Cup Champions, and the Australian Schools' national title game, where Box Hill was the runner-up.