Zimmerman back from injury

For Stephen Zimmerman it has been a bit of a frustrating start to his junior year, but the five-star prospect is glad to be back on the court.

Five-star Stephen Zimmerman from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman has battled an ankle injury during the early part of the 2013-14 season. Now the 7-footer is back on the floor, and hoping to pick things up the rest of the year.

"I probably would say I have been working on my shot, but I just came back from an ankle injury so I haven't been able to practice a lot," explained Zimmerman. "I have been doing as many drills as I can, but I need to get back into the working out thing as well."

In a loss to Chicago (Ill) Simeon, Zimmerman and his teammates struggled with the physical nature of the game, and he knows that is one thing they all have to improve on.

"I think we learned that playing teams out here in Chicago is that we have to get tougher as a team," noted Zimmerman. "I think if we get tougher that will help us a lot not only on the Las Vegas, Nevada scale, but on the national scale as well."

Recruiting wise it is still the usual suspects for Zimmerman. Schools such as UNLV, UCLA, Arizona, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan, and many more are showing significant interest in him.

Because of location, Zimmerman has had a chance to visit UNLV numerous times, and he says there is a lot of familiarity with the program.

"I know a lot of players that go to UNLV," noted Zimmerman. "I played with a couple of them, so it is a big thing to see how they transfer over to college."

Louisville boss Rick Pitino made his way to Chicago to check out Zimmerman and his teammates, and the junior says that he has a high opinion of the Cardinals program.

"I've been talking to them a lot," said Zimmerman. "They are an amazing school, and I am happy (Pitino) came down here to see me."

Also Louisville's archrival Kentucky has been heavily involved in the recruitment, and Zimmerman knows he is a priority for them.

"It is also an amazing school," said Zimmerman of UK. "I've been talking to a lot of schools, but it seems like Kentucky has a real big interest in me."

Recently North Carolina coach Roy Williams made it out to Gorman to check out Zimmerman and teammate Chase Jeter. Zimmerman says it is great to be hearing from the Tar Heels.

"It is an honor to hear from North Carolina," he explained. "North Carolina is obviously an amazing school and it has been great to talk to them."

For now Zimmerman is taking the recruiting process slow and says he has no plans to make an early decision.

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