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Kobi Simmons Has Three Officials Set, Says Kentucky Still Strongly in Mix
NEW YORK — Kobi Simmons has three official visits set and is strongly considering some big time programs.
A 6-4 combo guard from Alpharetta (GA) St. Francis, he recently trimmed his list to six schools: Ohio State, UNLV, Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Arizona.
He has official visits set to Kentucky (Aug. 28), UNLV (Sept 4) and Ohio State (Sept. 11).
“There’s other schools I might visit but not planned right now,” he said Friday at the Under Armour Elite 24 practice.
“There’s a couple other schools in the background. I may not visit, but we’ll see.”
He spoke briefly on the three schools getting officials.
Kentucky: “Just how their style of play is, Kentucky has a great style of play.”
He added: “My dad talks to Kentucky every day. People think Kentucky fell off, I don’t know why. I guess it’s just not out there in the public, but a phonecall’s not out there in the public. My dad and Kenny Payne have a great relationship. Cal [John Calipari] actually called me a couple times the other day, so Kentucky is still on a high note.”
Ohio State: “Definitely what they did with D’Angelo Russell. They kept his promise, made him a high priority.”
UNLV: “I really think they play an NBA style of play. They run pick-and-rolls, off the ball screens, things like that to get open, so I think that’s a great look.”
As for a timeframe on a decision, it could come any time.
“My decision could come at any moment. I don’t have a set time, late, early, my decision could come at any moment.”
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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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