It’s not that St. Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.) point guard Kobi Jordan-Simmons was stressing nonstop, it’s just that with his college decision looming, life off the court was becoming a bit of a headache.
“I do a really good job of blocking everything out and playing when I’m on the court,” said Jordan-Simmons, who is ranked No. 18 overall in the ESPN 100. “But after the games I had to come back to that big decision. When I committed to Arizona (two weeks ago) it was a weight lifted off for sure. Now I’m having a lot more fun.”
Jordan-Simmons was certainly in that fun frame of mind Friday afternoon when he received his honorary McDonald’s All American Game jersey during a ceremony at his school as part of the McDonald’s All American Game Hometown Heroes presented by American Family Insurance. The game is March 30 in Chicago.
“Man, it’s just an unbelievable feeling. I’m lost for words,” Jordan-Simmons said of receiving his jersey. “This has been a dream of mine for a while, and it’s a blessing to be in this position.”
Jordan-Simmons’ play this season has put the Knights in a favorable position to win their third consecutive state title. He is averaging 30 points, six rebounds and seven assists a game.
“It’s a lot different this year because there’s a lot more on my shoulders,” Jordan-Simmons said. “The other two we won I had an All American (Malik Beasley) with me, but now I’ve got to step my game up even more. It definitely helps me grow as a player and as a leader. Winning two is hard, but winning three is a lot harder. I know that we can get it done though. That’s the only thing I’m focused on.”
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