Zimmerman Still Planning UNC Visit

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- Stephen Zimmerman wasn't able to make his originally scheduled official visit to North Carolina, but the 7-0 center still plans to take the trip.

“We actually talked to (UNC assistant coach) C.B. (McGrath) this week,” said Stephen’s mother, Lori Stevens. “We talked about taking a visit in or around February. Possibly the Duke game.”

The Duke home game is the last regular season contest for the Tar Heels and takes place Saturday, March 7.

Originally, Zimmerman was scheduled to begin his string of official visits this weekend with a trip to Chapel Hill for “Late Night with Roy.” However, he was invited to participate in this two-day developmental camp for USA Basketball.

“It was unfortunate that we had to cancel the visit, but we still really want to visit the school,” said Stevens. “The USA camp is a great experience, but we are holding the fifth official visit for UNC.”

Starting next week, Zimmerman’s official visits begin with a trip to Kansas on October 10, followed by Kentucky (October 17), UCLA (October 24), and Arizona (November 7). Indiana and Notre Dame also conducted in-home visits with Zimmerman.

“We will probably go to Notre Dame for an unofficial visit,” noted Stevens. “He is good friends with Irish commitment Rex (Pflueger) and Ronnie Stanley on the football team who is from Bishop Gorman.”

Zimmerman was at one point ranked the No. 1 prospect in the 2015 class, but it dipped to No. 14 in July after lower outputs on the circuit. However, from that point forward he’s played some of his best basketball and his stock is heading back up. He produced an MVP-winning effort at the Nike Global Challenge and was one of the top performers in this weekend’s prestigious USA event.

Zimmerman ran the floor well this weekend, which resulted in several thunderous dunks on the break and he also mixed in a few outside jumpers with hook shots in the paint. He appeared far more fluid and confident than he did on the EYBL circuit.

After his official visit to Arizona, Zimmerman’s high school season will start at Bishop Gorman where the 7-0 center looks to end his prep career with a fourth state championship.

“I really just want him to clear his mind and get ready for the season,” said Stevens. “We want to visit UNC once the high school season is done.”

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