UK coaches expecting 2016 guard for return visit

 Posted by at 2:24 AM on May 17, 2014
May 172014
Kobi Simmons is a point guard in the Class of 2016. Photo: USA Basketball

Photo: USA Basketball

INDIANAPOLIS — Georgia guard Kobi Simmons still has two more seasons of high school basketball, but he’s already hearing from some of the nation’s top college coaches.

Simmons took one of his first campus visits before his sophomore season even started. That was a trip to Lexington for Big Blue Madness last October.

“It was exciting,” he said. “A lot of people. Just crazy.”

He added that John Calipari and others on the UK coaching staff have been talking to his parents, and they’re expecting Simmons to make another visit to Lexington sometime soon.

The 6-foot-4 point guard from the Atlanta area is ranked by as the No. 19 overall player in the class of 2016. He’s a quick, skilled prospect who is adept at getting to the rim and can finish in a variety of ways. He’s also a good facilitator, as he showed with some impressive passing during Friday night’s opener at the Adidas Gauntlet event.

Simmons said that he’s not concentrating too much on his recruitment just yet and laughed when saying that he’d “lost count” of how many scholarship offers have already rolled in. For the time being, his parents are handling most of that.

So far, the whole family is cool with Calipari.

“They like him,” Simmons said. “They like his demeanor. But we’re all still looking. It’s a long time away.”


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