Las Vegas Bishop Gorman center Stephen Zimmerman is one of the most highly regarded players in the country and the junior prospect recently narrowed his list to Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, UCLA and UNLV.
Zimmerman has been running with the Oakland Soldiers after playing with Dream Vision and feels he has improved because of it."It's really fun playing with the Soldiers," Zimmerman said. "I have a lot of friends on the team and it's a great program. I think so far in EYBL I am really learning.
"It is a completely different game than Adidas. I would say I like this more, but I am moving along well. The level of competition is way more aggressive. There is a lot more defense being played."
It also helps that Zimmerman has continued to progress in this past year both in his skills and overall mentality.
"I have come a long way mentally," he said. "With the skills and everything, I could do everything that I can do now. However, I would probably say that learning and being able to adapt and be more coachable is my biggest difference."
When Zimmerman narrowed his list, he says he chose Arizona because "They were number one for two months or something. It's a successful school. They are a great program and I like the coach and the coaches. They all seem to like me and have a plan for me."
Much of Zimmerman's recruitment has come from Book Richardson, who he has developed a strong relationship with.
"A lot of schools say they do not want to bother me too much, so a lot of recruiting is texts," Zimmerman said. "Coach Book is big on knowing you as a person instead of just basketball and I like that."
Each school offers Zimmerman something different and he has a good idea of what his recruitment is going to come down to.
"Probably looking at schools that really develop their players," he said. "Winning is a big thing, but my goal is to make it to the NBA and I want to go to a school that can help me do that the best.
"Hopefully I will be able to take my visits. I am going to try to possibly take all five officials, but it is a process and I want to take my time with it all."