Vincent Edward Mendoza
While the dust continues to settle for Arizona and the 2016 class moves closer to taking shape, Sean Miller and company have thrown their name back into the hat of five-star point guard Kobi Simmons. The Georgia native put Arizona in his top 6 back in July, however, narrowed his list down to Ohio State, Kentucky and UNLV. But his recruitment took a surprising turn as Arizona is back in the mix, according to his father.
With two more visits to use at his disposal it comes as a bit of a surprise that Sean Miller is heavily pursuing Simmons yet again as many thought he was a heavy lean to land at Kentucky or Ohio State. However, that has since taken a turn in favor for Arizona as the longer Simmons waits to commit gives the coaching staff more time to get Simmons to Tucson and on campus.
“We have always had a great, great relationship with coach Book and that has always been important to the both of us,” Kobi’s father told PGU. “There has never really been a time that Book hasn’t been involved with us since the first time they saw him play and they made Kobi top 6 so that says something.”
“It’s just a basketball school and they’re known for the point guards that have played there. Since coach Miller got there they’ve done nothing but win and they’ve obviously recruited very well and have good players in their program,” he said.
“Coach Miller runs a good program down there and when you get good kids playing the way they do, together, it obviously says a lot about the things they’re doing right there.”
“Defensively I just want to see him get after it. This summer he played well in the Adidas circuit but he is constantly putting the work in,” he said. “Most times he’s bigger than opposing guards and him being 6’5 and still growing he can present some problems on both ends of the floor so he’s looking to be a difference maker.”
Mr. Stephens gave PGU some closing thoughts on Arizona as well.
“When they have a spot for you, you have to put them right there with anyone and that’s what we’re doing.” Arizona will continue to pursue the talented combo guard and work to get him on campus where Sean Miller can put the full-court press on.
“Having a family atmosphere is something that we look for and they’ve been first class throughout the whole process,” he said.