Five-star point guard Kobi Simmons announced Saturday that is heading to Arizona.
Simmons, ranked as the No. 18 player in the Class of 2016, made his announcement on ESPN from the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Simmons’ team, St. Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.), defeated Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) 94-92 in a double overtime thriller earlier in the day at the event.
Simmons noted his relationship with the coaching staff over the last four years as the driving force for his commitment.
“I feel like that’s where home is,” he said.
Asked what Arizona fans can expect, Simmons said, “Playmaking ability, hopefully being one of the leaders and bringing whatever they need for the team.”
Earlier this week, Simmons had announced a top three of Arizona, Kentucky and Ohio State. UNLV had been in his top three but was removed, likely because of coach Dave Rice’s dismissal.
CBSSports reported Thursday that Ohio State was no longer pursuing Simmons, although a number of recruiting analysts projected Ohio State as the front-runner.
Arizona, which Simmons has not visited, seemingly sold Simmons on being part of a 1-2 wing punch with Allonzo Trier (assuming Trier sticks around), since Gabe York is leaving. The Wildcats also have projected 2017 first-round pick Lauri Markkanen coming in to join Dusan Ristic in the frontcourt next season.
Needless to say, Simmons seemed relieved the process was done.
“It’s been fun and sometimes stressful, but I’m ready go get this done and move on to the next level,” he said.