Arizona '16 GA PG - Kobi Simmons (Arizona Verbal)

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    Simmons checks out OSU
    The basketball Buckeyes had a pretty big recruiting weekend, too. After recently checking out Kentucky and UNLV, five-star class of 2016 combo guard Kobi Simmons officially visited Ohio State.

    Rolling out the red carpet for the 6'5 Simmons, who was supposed to announce his college commitment soon after the trip, but will reportedly push those plans back now, the Buckeyes are hoping the visit was enough to put them in the driver's seat for his verbal pledge.

    Looking to bring a guard into the fold, Simmons, the 18th overall prospect in the country, would join big men Derek Funderburk and Micah Potter in the Buckeyes' 2016 class.
     
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    SIMMONS OFFICIAL VISIT RECAP FROM CLEVELAND.COM

    The Ohio State basketball team hosted a big-time prospect from Georgia this weekend and brought out the big guns to try and help seal the deal with five-star 2016 point guard Kobi Simmons. Mike Conley, Michael Redd, Evan Turner and even D'Angelo Russell all made their way back to Columbus to support the Buckeyes and to reiterate the family-feel of Thad Matta's program. It paid off according to his father, Demond Stephens.

    From Cleveland.com writer Bill Landis:

    "Every guard that's ever been there I think was there," Simmons father, Demond Stephens told Northeast Ohio Media Group in a phone interview on Monday.

    Is that normal?

    "No that's not normal," Stephens said. "I've been coaching and mentoring children for 18 years, and I always tell Kobi, one thing that is more valuable than where somebody goes and how successful they are is do they call you back for their marriage, their college graduation? After they've gone on, do they still even talk to you?

    I spoke to one source close to the Ohio State basketball program for their feeling on Simmons and right now the Buckeyes like where they stand.

    "(We) felt good about (the weekend)," the source shared with 11W. "He had a great visit. I think he will probably decide sometime later this week or early next week."

    Simmons has visited Kentucky and UNLV in the previous two weekends. Ohio 2016 point guard Xavier Simpson, a four-star prospect from Lima Senior, committed to Michigan last week.
     
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    KOBI SIMMONS CONTINUES TO CHECK OUT HIS TOP THREE

    Although UNLV recently added a commitment from another 2016 guard (Jaylen Fisher), that's not impacting the decision that five-star point guard Kobi Simmons has to make.

    From Cleveland.com writer Bill Landis:

    Simmons' father, Demond Stephens, told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Wednesday night that Fisher's commitment to UNLV was "expected", and that UNLV is still in the running. So Ohio State is still in a battle with two other schools for the No. 3 combo guard in the country.

    HoopSeen.com talked to Simmons yesterday and he went a bit more in-depth about his upcoming – yet not determined – decision. Here is what Simmons said about his recent official visit to Ohio State.

    “D’Angelo Russell was there on the visit and so were Evan Turner and Mike Conley. D’Angelo was telling me about the experience and I would love to be there to experience the basketball and a college life like that.”

    What's next? A decision.

    After visiting all of his final schools, Simmons is set on selecting UNLV, Kentucky, or Ohio State, yet a timetable for a decision has yet to be set. “Just when I am ready. Right now, we have a long season to go and I want to focus on that and just take it one day at a time. It is a big decision.”
     
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    Within the next month, high school teams across the country will begin practicing in full and open their seasons. Expect to hear from Kobi Simmons regarding his college decision in this timeframe. Of course, there are never any assurances in recruiting.

    Simmons trimmed his list of schools down to three in September – Kentucky, Ohio State and UNLV all made the cut. Prior to this, he also considered Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and Xavier.

    The news that one of schools jumped back into his recruitment didn't exactly come out of nowhere:

    Arizona did not end up visiting Simmons, as it turns out. UNLV did, however. This might go against the notion UK and OSU are the odds-on favorites to land him.

    Simmons took official visits to Columbus, Lexington and Las Vegas. He still has two more at his disposal. So, if he ends up taking an official to Tucson, we'll have a better idea of if the Wildcats are true players in his recruitment.
     
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    SIMMONS DELAYING DECISION

    Ohio State's 2016 basketball recruiting class has been waiting to hear what Georgia five-star guard Kobi Simmons would do for a while now and unfortunately for Thad Matta's squad, that wait is going to get longer.

    Simmons has recently seen increased interest from Arizona, but the Buckeyes – along with UNLV and Kentucky – have been the programs of note for a while. What does the delay mean? Is it a good or a bad thing? I suppose that depends on how you look at it. Ohio State currently has no scholarship available for Simmons anyhow, although the Mickey Mitchell situation could end up opening one up depending on how that plays out.

    From Bill Landis of Cleveland.com:

    There were some reports that Arizona was trying to get back into the mix for Simmons, but his father said the main three of Ohio State, Kentucky and UNLV remains the same. And those programs will have to wait until the spring to see where he goes.

    With blueblood programs like Arizona and Kentucky, whose rosters turn over every spring, there's not really a concern about roster spots, but it makes me wonder (read: really, this just a guess) if those schools have let him know there's some uncertainty from their end right now and maybe Simmons wants to see how they adjust their recruiting after the season.

    Bottom line: put the Simmons-Interest-O-Meter on the shelf for a few months.
     
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