USA TODAY High School Sports is launching a series called “60 for ’16” to highlight 60 members of the Class of 2016 who we will be watching in the coming 12 months. The athletes were selected by the USA TODAY HSS staff.
Name: Kobi Jordan-Simmons
School: Saint Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Point Guard
What we’ve seen: Good luck finding a more versatile floor general anywhere in the country, regardless of class. Jordan-Simmons dominated the uber-prestigious adidas Gauntlet this AAU season, pumping in 16.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and three assists per game for a loaded Atlanta Celtics squad. He recently helped the U.S. Select team finish undefeated at the adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy and he led Saint Francis to a state title as a sophomore, pumping in 17.4 points and five assists per game.
Why we’re watching: At 6-foot-5, Jordan-Simmons already has NBA size and he’s got the game that’s creating the “one-and-done” buzz no matter whose court he graces in college.
Jordan-Simmons is ranked No. 6 overall in the ESPN 100 with everyone from Kentucky to Kansas to North Carolina to Arizona, among many others, all giving spirited chase. That means Jordan-Simmons’ recruitment will be one of the most intense in the 2016 class.
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“My goal is always to outwork the next guy,” Jordan-Simmons said. “I never want to feel like I didn’t go as hard as possible. I’m constantly pushing myself to be great. That’s all I focus on.”
Simply put, Jordan-Simmons is a nightmare of a matchup because he’s fast and quick with a deadly perimeter jump shot and athleticism and size that would make any NBA general manager drool.