Simmons wins title, wants to take visits

Kobi Simmons, a five-star guard in the 2016 class, had a successful sophomore season by leading his high school team to a state championship.

Coming off a strong showing at the USA Basketball Developmental Camp in October, Kobi Simmons, a 6-foot-5 guard, led his high school to a state championship by averaging 17.4 points and 4.8 assists a game.

"We came out with a ring," Simmons told Scout.com. "Towards January my team came together. We had to be a real family and fight through some games, but we pulled it off."

"Individually, I think I played well for my team," he added. "I scored when I needed to. I got my teammates involved also and I started rebounding more towards the end of the season and my coach gave me props for that. I just played my game."

Perhaps the best part about Simmons' game is his versatility combined with his size. He's able to play both on and off the ball. He's a talented passer, but certainly can score it in a variety of ways as well.

"Around the area, everyone knows me and they know not to put somebody my height that is a four on me because I'll just blow past them because I do play the one and I can play the two as well," Simmons said.

"I like playing the one," he added. "I like having the ball in my hands. It makes me feel in control of everything on the floor and tell people where to go."

During the season the head coaches from Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Virginia Tech saw him play. Simmons also has interest from Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Ohio State, Kentucky, Duke and others.

"Really right now my mom and my dad are taking care of my recruiting process," he said. "I'm not focused on all of that right now. Towards next year I'll start to sit down and get a top 10, then five and go from there and commit after my junior year."

"Some coaches talk more than others and communicate more than others, which I think Vanderbilt is doing," Simmons added. "Really a lot of coaches call my dad every day. My dad will tell me this coach called and that coach called."

Prior to the season, Simmons took an unofficial visit to Kentucky's midnight madness, plus has stopped by three other schools.

"It was great actually," Simmons said. "I really liked Kentucky. It's going to be one of my choices of course."

"I'm supposed to be taking a visit to Vanderbilt and Missouri coming up," he added. "I've taken a visit to Georgia State, Georgia and Georgia Tech. I'm supposed to be taking a visit to Tennessee soon."

Simmons, a five-star guard, is currently regarded as the No. 19 player in the 2016 recruiting class.


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