Stephen Zimmerman announced Monday that he has received a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky, becoming the second player from the class of 2015 to do so.
Zimmerman — a 7-foot center from Las Vegas — joined Memphis big man Skal Labissiere on UK’s offer sheet for 2015. Late Monday night, Chicago guard Charles Matthews said he also received an offer from John Calipari.
Zimmerman was one of the most impressive players at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. He said Friday that UK was one of the schools that had been in contact with his family. “They’re pretty awesome. They know how to win.”
Saturday was the first day that college coaches were permitted to call prospects from the class of 2015, and Kentucky reached out to Zimmerman shortly after midnight.
“It’s an honor,” Zimmerman said Saturday. “They’re an amazing team, and they obviously have an amazing coaching staff.”
UCLA, Louisville, UNLV and Michigan were the other schools that contacted Zimmerman on Saturday morning. “It’s a big thing,” he said of those schools. “It shows that they’re showing interest in me early.”
Duke, Arizona, Kansas and several others have already inquired about the five-star center, and it’s expected that just about every major program in the country will enter his recruitment.
So far, Zimmerman’s parents have been handling inquiries from college coaches. He’s looking forward to getting to know some of the coaches himself.
“I want to be a part of it,” he said. “But it’s a lot to handle for one kid. So obviously I want my parents to help me out with it some.”
Rivals.com ranks Zimmerman as the No. 2 overall player in the class. He’s also considered a top-10 prospect by Scout.com (5th), ESPN (7th) and 24/7 Sports (8th).
He said he last measured at 7 feet and 215 pounds, and one of his goals over the next few months will be to establish himself as a tougher player in the post.
“Get more physical — that’s a big thing for me,” Zimmerman said. “Being a skinny 7-footer, it’s hard. But I’ve just got to get as physical as I can and be able to attack the basket.”