Arizona got an impact recruit in the class of 2016 when point guard Kobi Simmons announced he would choose the Wildcats earlier today. Simmons chose Arizona over Kentucky and Ohio State, and gives Sean Miller a true difference maker to headline the incoming freshman class.
Simmons is a tall, athletic point guard who can slash to the rim. At 6-6, Simmons can see over the defense and use his length to take angles that other players cannot. He’s also an adept slasher who can score off the ball and impact the game in a variety of ways.
“I felt like Arizona was the best place for me to grow as a player and accomplish my goals,” Simmons said. “They have a great program.”
“At the end of the day I had narrowed it down to some great programs, and I want to thank everyone that recruited me and supported me over the years,” he said.
Hailing from Georgia, Simmons is yet another big time player to move across the country to play at Arizona. With Simmons’ unlimited potential, Arizona could secure their point guard of the future and another potential NBA lottery pick.
“I think we can do big things, Arizona is always one of the top teams and Sean Miller is a great coach,” he said.
After being courted by the nation’s best basketball programs, Simmons ultimately chose Arizona because of his comfort level with the staff and his confidence in them to develop him into an NBA player.
“I just felt comfortable with the coaches and the high level of basketball they play,” Simmons said. “I think it’s a place where I could thrive and reach my potential as a player.”
As a top 25 recruit, Simmons gives Arizona a major piece to build around in the 2016 class, which could potentially lure other big fish to join him. One of the hottest names in basketball recruiting this year will be wing Josh Jackson, who could see Arizona as a more favorable destination now.
“I’m excited, it’s a great feeling to commit and I can’t wait to get there,” he said.
Simmons brings an electric style of play that is sure to please the McKale Center crowds. With his size and upside, Arizona is in good shape at the point guard position.
“I hope the fans bring the intensity and I hope they enjoy what I’m going to bring to the floor,” Simmons said.