Wayne Simien

Put intro text hereWayne Anthony Simien, Jr. (born Mar. 9, 1983 in Leavenworth, Kansas) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Miami Heat of the NBA. Growing up, Simien was a KU fan due to his proximity to Lawrence.


He committed to play for Roy Williams and the University of Kansas as early as the 8th or 9th grade, and was later named to the 2001 McDonald's All-American team. He played for the Leavenworth Pioneers in high school and led the Pioneers to a 6A-State Championship his senior year in high school.

At Kansas, Simien received All-American honors his junior and senior years. He was a Wooden Award finalist both years, and was the Big 12 Player of the Year his senior year. However, his college career ended when Kansas was defeated by 14th-seeded Bucknell in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Simien finished his college career with 110 wins and a 12-4 NCAA Tournament record.

He was selected with the 29th overall selection of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat, with whom he won a championship in 2006.

Wayne married his wife, Katie, on July 8, 2006. Wayne could not participate in the Miami Heat's Summer League program because of a salmonella infection.

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