Zimmerman makes his pick

Stephen Zimmerman made his decision late on Thursday night, and it was a big one for the hometown school.

The wait is officially over for the decision of five-star prospect Stephen Zimmerman. After prepping at Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, he won’t have to commute far to college as Zimmerman has chosen UNLV.

The decision wasn’t easy according to his mother Lori Stevens. She said the decision to pick UNLV over UCLA, Arizona, Kansas, and Kentucky was a tough one, but in the end Zimmerman knew that UNLV was right for him.

“The last few weeks have been crazy,” said Stevens. “My phone and his phone have been nonstop. Seeing people reacting to predictions has been insane.”

She continued, “We have gotten congratulation texts for committing to multiple schools, and it just got to the point where he knew that he felt UNLV was the best place for here. He didn’t want to make it a big deal on TV, he just wanted to get it done so he could turn off his phone and get a good night’s sleep.”

In the end the relationships he had with the UNLV coaching staff proved to be the difference.

“I think that he just built solid relationships with Coach (Dave) Rice and especially Coach (Ryan) Miller, they are really close,” explained Stevens. “He also believes in the team, and he just felt it was the best choice for him.”

As one of the more hyped recruits out of Las Vegas in recent memory, Zimmerman is likely to have a lot of pressure as a hometown hero to help the Running Rebels not only get back to the NCAA Tournament, but also to win games in the Big Dance.

Stevens however doesn’t think that will be a problem, and she feels that Zimmerman is ready for that challenge.

“We were a little worried that it would be a lot of pressure on him, but he has been in the spotlight for four years,” Stevens explained. “He just needs to do what he does. He has such a level head and he knows how to deal with the spotlight, so we aren’t concerned, and I know he will be fine.”

This is a huge commitment for the Rebels and gives them a loaded roster heading into the 2015-16 season.

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