Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Zimmerman Says Three Coaches Have Made an Impression; Mom Says Roy Williams Has ‘Come on Strong’
Stephen Zimmerman, the 7-foot center from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals, says three coaches have made a strong impression on him and his family during recruiting.
“Coach [John] Calipari from Kentucky, Coach [Rick] Pitino from Louisville and Coach [Sean] Miller from Arizona are a few,” Zimmerman told MidMajorHoopsReport.com in a written interview.
Zimmerman says he’s planning to take a few unofficials in the summer and then officials next fall.
“I’ve done unofficials to UNLV, UCLA and Arizona,” he said. “I may try to do a few unofficials this summer. I plan on scheduling my official visits for October & November before my Senior season begins.”
Lori Zimmerman, Stephen’s mother, said one school stands out right now.
“I think those coaches [Calipari, Pitino, Miller] remain high with Stephen but [North Carolina’s] Roy Williams has come on strong now also,” he told SNY.tv. “He calls and they have their Sunday evening chat each week.”
Zimmerman plays alongside fellow 2015 big man Chase Jeter on the Dream Vision AAU team and Jeter is being courted hard by Duke, North Carolina, Arizona, Kansas and UCLA, Dream Vision director Clay Williams told SNY.tv.
He is set to visit Duke March 8 for the North Carolina game. Jeter previously told SNY.tv that he didn’t think he and Zimmerman would wind up at the same school, but Williams doesn’t rule it out.
“A lot of coaches say, ‘Hey, should we recruit one or or the other?’ and I say, ‘No, you gotta recruit ’em both.’ They may say that [they won’t go to college together] because they play together. They’re not brothers per se, but there’s a lot of rivalry there. They’re competitive.
“I wouldn’t be shocked [if they went to college together].”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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