Simmons enjoys visit
Five-star point guard Kobi Simmons is one of the most impressive prospects at the guard position in the country regardless of class. The No. 8 overall player in the 2016 class has an impressive combination of size, athleticism, scoring ability, and court vision. Recently he made an unofficial visit and came away very impressed. Over the weekend Simmons made his visit to Ohio State, and according to his father DeMond Stephens, things went very well. “We really liked the whole visit,” said Stephens. “Kobi and my wife liked it a lot, and the whole coaching staff was great. The coaches are very family oriented people and treated us first class. Also the facilities were great.” One thing that really impressed the family was how Ohio State plans to use Simmons if he were to pick the Buckeyes. “I really liked the specifics they were talking about how they want him to not just play right away, but make an impact right away,” explained Stephens. “They said they need him to come in and make an impact immediately like a Michael Conley or someone like that. They made it clear that they don’t care who is a freshman or who is a senior, they want to let the best players play.” Initially the thought was Simmons would visit Kansas next for their Late Night in the Phog event, but Stephens says that has been postponed, and he will visit the Jayhawks border rival next. “We aren’t going to Kansas,” said Stephens. “They want him to come to a game, so we are going to Missouri next on October 10.” While it is a new head coach at Missouri, there is continuity from the previous staff with Tim Fuller, and that has been big in keeping the interest between the two parties. “I really like the conversations that I have had with the new coach and also the conversations I have had with Tim Fuller,” said Stephens. “I think it was a good idea for the coach to keep him, and I have a great relationship with him, and he has a great relationship with Kobi.” He continued about Missouri, “We really love the SEC, and that would mean a lot of games back here close to home. I am told their facility is incredible and I really liked how Missouri used Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson. Also to know that Tim worked with Chris Paul is huge. To see one guy work with three guards like that is a big thing.” Stephens succinctly summed things up by saying, “I thought the Ohio State trip went great, and we are real excited for the Missouri trip as well.”
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