Simmons Hosts Roy Williams

North Carolina is prioritizing landing a point guard in the 2016 class, as Roy Williams made an in-home visit with Kobi Simmons on Monday.

Kobi Simmons has had college coaches filing through his home this week. In the past three days, Simmons met with Roy Williams, Thad Matta, Jim Boeheim, Mark Fox and John Calipari.

North Carolina’s Williams, who was accompanied by assistant Hubert Davis, sat down with Simmons and his father 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,” Simmons explained.

“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.”

UNC’s pitch to Simmons centered around taking over for Paige when he graduates.

“They’re talking to me about, I’m a junior now and Marcus Paige is a junior,” Simmons said. “When he leaves I’m stepping in and the role will be me running the team. He said he trusts me with the ball and that’s good to hear.”

Simmons, who holds a scholarship offer from North Carolina, hasn’t visited the school yet, but said he does want to.

“They want me to come up a soon as I want to,” Simmons said. “Just when I have time.”

“That’s something I’m interested in, of course,” he added.

At 6-foot-4, Simmons is a tall and electric combination guard that likes to play fast. He said that’s among the things that appeal to him about North Carolina.

“How Coach Roy just says ‘Go,’” Simmons said when asked what he likes about UNC. “He said don’t think about it. Just push the ball. He said if you don’t want to play up tempo, then don’t go there.”

North Carolina ramped up their interest on Simmons, who won back-to-back state championships at Alpharetta (Ga.) St. Frances, in early January when they offered him a scholarship.

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