Simmons discusses in-home visits

Five-star guard Kobi Simmons talked to Scout about his recent in-home visits.

Kobi Simmons conducted in-home visits with some of the nation’s best coaches this past week. Roy Williams, Thad Matta, Jim Boeheim, Mark Fox and John Calipari all stopped by his house too meet with the five-star guard.

UNC’s Roy Williams and an assistant Hubert Davis met with him on Monday.

“That was my fourth time meeting with Coach Roy so I’m more comfortable when I meet with him because I know more about North Carolina.”

“He brought in good information,” he added. “He brought in coach Hubert Davis too. I talk to Coach Davis a lot and he keeps me updated me lot. Coach Williams talked to me about a lot of great things like school and basketball. It was good.”

Simmons admitted he is quite familiar with Matta as well. He said they compared him D’Angelo Russell during the visit.

“It was real good,” he said about the OSU in-home. “I’ve already talked to Thad Matta a lot. It’s just a comfortable conversation and really just catching up from past conversations. We’ve seen each other and know more and more about each other.”

“The next Russell,” Simmons said when asked about their pitch. “They told us that before the season when we took the visit before the season what they said is what we saw. That’s one of their main pitches.

Simmons meeting with Boeheim was enlightening, as he got to know him better.

“That was good,” Simmons said. “I didn’t know coach Boeheim coached for 40 something years. He has a lot of experience of what to say because he’s doing what for way for so long.”

Georgia was the only in-state school to meet with Simmons. He said his comfort level with that staff is getting better.

“It was a great,” he said of the meeting. “I’m comfortable with coach Yasir [Rosemond]. That was my second time sitting down with coach Fox. He came in and told me a lot. I’m getting to know him better and that relationship keeps building.”

Calipari and Kentucky have a track record of getting player to the NBA and that was among the things Simmons said stands out about Kentucky, who went in on Wednesday night.

“Coach Cal’s record of putting players in the league,” he responded when asked about Kentucky. “I like their style and how they play when they are in the game. I don’t know if they are going to platoon again. That’ll be a question I’ll ask. We’ll just see how it’s answered.”

Simmons, who is regarded as a five-star prospect and a top 10 player, has yet to schedule any visits and told Scout that he didn’t have a timetable on making his college choice.


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