Height: 6'2"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
High School: Pius X
Major: Communication Studies


Honors & Awards

  • CoSIDA Academic All-America Nominee (2018)
  • Husker Award (2016)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2017)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016; Spring 2016)
  • Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award (2017)
  • Nebraska Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award (2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
  • Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year (2015)
  • Two-Time First-Team Super-State (Lincoln Journal Star, 2014, 2015)
  • Two-Time First-Team All-Nebraska (2014, 2015)
  • Two-Time First-Team Nebraska Class B (2014, 2015)
  • Second-Team Nebraska Class A (2013)
  • Nebraska State Champion (100, 300 Hurdles, 2015)
  • No. 149 Player in the Nation (Blue Star, 2015)
  • No. 22 Guard in the Nation (ESPN, 2015)

Junior (2017-18)
After a move to power forward, Maddie Simon is averaging 10.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal. The 6-2 junior from Lincoln is one of the Big Ten's most improved players, increasing her scoring (+6.6 ppg) and rebounding (+3.6 rpg) by impressive margins over last season. She has been an integral part of Nebraska's team turnaround, helping the Huskers to a 10-game improvement in the win column including five more Big Ten wins than a year ago. Simon has played 20 games with 19 starts, and the Huskers are 16-4 with Simon on the court, but just 1-3 without her.

She owns 12 double-figure efforts, including 19 points in a win over No. 20 Iowa (Jan. 16) and 19 more in another win at Iowa (Jan. 28). Simon scored a career-high 20 points at San Jose State (Dec. 17).

Simon had a huge 18-point, eight-rebound effort that included a career-high five assists and a career-high-tying three steals in a Big Ten road win at Minnesota (Dec. 31). She scored 16 points in the second half, including a go-ahead hook shot and two free throws in the final 30 seconds to power Nebraska's comeback win.

Simon has notched double digits in 10 of the last 15 games, including 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in a win over Purdue (Jan. 24), 11 points in a win at Illinois (Jan. 10) and 10 points in a win at Northwestern (Jan. 7). She opened Big Ten play with 14 points and six rebounds against No. 12 Ohio State (Dec. 28).

She started Nebraska's first three games this season and averaged 6.7 points and 9.3 rebounds to help the Huskers to a 3-0 record. She had 11 points in a win over UMKC (Nov. 14) and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds to help the Huskers to a win over Arkansas (Nov. 16).

Simon then faced adversity when she suffered a severe ankle sprain late in pregame warm-ups prior to Nebraska's loss to Creighton (Nov. 19). Simon was unable to play at all against the Jays and missed four straight games overall with the injury, including losses to Buffalo (Nov. 23) and Clemson (Nov. 30).

She returned to the court against Arkansas Pine Bluff (Dec. 2) starting a stretch a five consecutive non-conference wins for Nebraska that included a road win at Kansas (Dec. 6) and a huge road win at Drake (Dec. 9) when she produced 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. After her 20-point performance at San Jose State, she closed the stretch with 13 points in a win over Florida Atlantic (Dec. 19).

Sophomore (2016-17)
After being challenged by injuries as a freshman, Simon provided significant contributions for the Huskers despite making a midseason position change from guard to forward.

Simon, who played in all 29 games for the Big Red, averaged 4.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game as a sophomore. Early in the Big Ten season, Simon began focusing more attention on the forward spot, which paid dividends for the Huskers down the stretch. Over the last three games of the season, Simon averaged 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 18.7 minutes per game.

During her final six games of 2016-17, Simon produced an assist-to-turnover ratio of 9-to-1, after committing 41 turnovers and managing just 15 assists in the first 23 games of the season.

Simon scored a season-high 11 points to go along with with two rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in just 17 minutes at No. 25 Michigan (Feb. 23). She also had 11 points, four rebounds and two steals in 19 minutes against California (Dec. 4). She added a third game in double figures on the year with 10 points, two rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in 17 minutes at Michigan State (Jan. 7).

In Nebraska's win over Michigan State in the regular-season home finale on Feb. 26, Simon produced seven points, five rebounds and a season-high four assists in a season-high 28 minutes of action.

Simon had nine points and tied career highs with three threes and seven rebounds at No. 15 Ohio State (Jan. 29). She had six points and tied her career high with seven boards in a win over UTRGV (Nov. 12).

She scored eight points and snagged a career-high three steals against Virginia (Nov. 26). She had six points, three rebounds, two assists and a block against Drake (Dec. 6). She added six points and four rebounds against No. 3 Maryland (Jan. 4).

Off the court, Simon earned academic All-Big Ten honors for the first time in her career.

Freshman (2015-16)
An emerging player with the coveted combination of size, speed, strength and skill, Simon averaged 5.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game as a true freshman.

Simon opened the season with a start in her first career game, scoring six points and adding two rebounds in 18 minutes in a win over Arkansas Pine Bluff on Nov. 14. Simon came off the bench the next five games for the Big Red, highlighted by 11 points, two rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes in a win over Southern on Nov. 23. She added 10 points and three more assists in 22 minutes in Nebraska's win over NC State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 3.

Following Nebraska's 21-point comeback to victory over in-state rival Creighton on Dec. 6, Simon suffered a broken arm in a non-basketball fall, which knocked her out of competition for the next month. She returned to score nine points in 23 minutes in a loss at No. 8 Maryland Jan. 7. Simon continued to battle a strain in her arm for the next month and her on-court contributions were limited.

She finally overcame the arm injury late in the season and her role increased with season-ending injuries to seniors Rachel Theriot and Kyndal Clark.

Simon made the second start of her career against Purdue on Feb. 21, before making her third start against Indiana on Feb. 24. She produced a breakout performance with career highs of 16 points and seven rebounds in a career-high 32 minutes in a win over Northwestern on Feb. 28. Simon also hit a career-high three three-pointers in the win over the Wildcats.

Simon added nine points, four rebounds and two assists in her fifth start in a narrow loss to Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament. She suffered an ankle sprain in practice between that game and Nebraska's WNIT opener with Northern Iowa, and she was unable to play in the postseason.

In her final four starts, Simon produced averages of 7.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25.3 minutes per game.

Simon averaged 6.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in nearly 30 minutes per game in NU’s four-game tour of Australia in August of 2015.

Off the court, Simon earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2016. She was also a member of the 2016 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

Before Nebraska
A two-time first-team All-Nebraska and Super-State selection, Simon capped her high school basketball career as the Gatorade Player of the Year. She averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists while leading Lincoln Pius X to the Class B state championship as a senior for Coach Bill Rice.

Simon's senior season followed a junior season in which she averaged 19.8 points and seven rebounds per game to help Pius X to a Class B runner-up finish. Her top game came with 35 points and 13 rebounds against Omaha Gross.

Simon was a second-team Class A all-stater as a sophomore after averaging 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 2012-13. She hit 48 percent of her shots from the field and 74 percent of her free throws.

Simon played her club basketball for the Nebraska Lasers and Coach Allen Simpson. She averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists for the club.

A tremendous all-around athlete, Simon was not only a four-year letterwinner on the track, but captured gold medals in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles at the 2015 Nebraska State Track and Field Championships. She was the Class A runner-up in both events as a junior in 2014. She also finished third in the 100, while adding a runner-up finish in the 300 in 2013. She was also a member of Pius X’s All-Class gold medal-winning 4x400 relay in 2013. 

A three-time letterwinner in golf, Simon also qualified for the state tournament in 2013. Simon was an honor roll student all four years at Lincoln Pius X.

The daughter of Doug and Nicole (Ali) Simon, Maddie was born Feb. 7, 1997, in Lincoln, Neb. Maddie has two older brothers, Bennett and Zach, who both graduated from the University of Nebraska. Maddie’s mother was a hurdler for Coach Gary Pepin's 1983 and 1984 national championship track and field teams at Nebraska. Nicole also owns the distinction of being the first female track and field CoSIDA Academic All-American at Nebraska.

Maddie is a communication studies major and earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2016. She was also a member of the 2016 and 2017 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. She also earned a prestigious Nebraska Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award in 2017.

Maddie is the niece of University of Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon and Denver women's basketball coach Jim Turgeon.

Simon chose Nebraska over Iowa, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Creighton.

Five Facts About Maddie

1. Maddie was born and raised in Lincoln, Neb.
2. Her favorite hobbies include traveling and going to concerts.
3. Maddie's favorite color is yellow.
4. She considers herself to be a terrible dancer and singer.
5. Maddie loves coffee.

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