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Special to ZAGSBLOGStephen Zimmerman – a 7-foot- 2015 big out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High – has finalized his five official visit schools and dates.
Recently, Zimmerman reported he would officially visit Kansas the weekend of ‘Late Night at the Phog,’ scheduled on Oct. 10, and Kentucky the following weekend for ‘Big Blue Madness.”
He has added three other official visits to close out the five allowed by the NCAA.
UNC will be the first official on the weekend of Oct. 3, UCLA on Oct. 24 and he will finish the whirlwind tour with Arizona on the weekend of Nov. 7.
Zimmerman had recently cut his list to seven schools, dropping Louisville after the commitment of Raymond Spaulding. Indiana and hometown favorite UNLV will not receive officials, but Stephen’s mom Lori says the five-star big man has not officially trimmed his list to five.
UNLV has received unofficial visits previously along with UCLA and Arizona.
What’s the key to getting Zimm to commit to a college?
That question was recently posted to his coach, the response was simple and direct, “Recruit his little sister,” his mom said.
As far as a commitment date, Zimmerman recently told SNY.tv, “Just whenever I feel comfortable. If I feel really comfortable with a school tomorrow, I’ll commit.”
The latest 247Sports Crystal Ball has Arizona the favorite with 50 percent of the vote, hometown school UNLV with 38 percent and Kentucky with only 8 percent.
Zimmerman is ranked No. 6 by ESPN, No. 8 by Scout and No. 18 by 247Sports.
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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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