LAS VEGAS -- As one of the elite guards in the Class of 2016, five-star guard Kobi Simmons has drawn plenty of national attention, but the Georgia native is focused on six schools. North Carolina was one of the six programs included for the 6-foot-5 Simmons when he opted to shorten his list this month.
"I'm considering Kentucky, Ohio State, Xavier, Georgia, North Carolina and Arizona," Simmons said.
North Carolina coaches tracked Simmons all week with the Atlanta Celtics at the adidas Uprising Championships and he said he's interested in the Tar Heels because of their style of play.
"North Carolina, their style of play is uptempo. Every school on my list is uptempo and fits my style of play. That's why I figured I would cut my list," Simmons said. "That's how I play and that's why I could see myself being in there."
The uptempo style of play at UNC may b ideal for Simmons, but at the current moment, North Carolina is on the outside looking in when it comes to scheduling official visits. Simmons said he has plans to officially check out three campuses in the coming months and he'll continue to assess his visit situation as his recruiting process progresses.
"I have Kentucky at the end of August, Xavier in early September and Ohio State in the middle of September. I'll probably take a couple more but right now that's the only ones I have," Simmons said.
While those three programs have the leg up on Simmons at the moment, he's not ruling out taking more trips.
"Just if I feel it. If I feel like it's a school I really want to look at and deserves a visit, I'll go," Simmons said. "All of the schools on my list deserve visits but I have six [schools] on my list and only five [visits] to work with.
"After I take my visits, if I feel like I need to take more than I will [take] the other two. If I don't, then I'll sit down with my family and come to a decision that's best for me."
When deciding on his future college program, Simmons is going to evaluate a litany of factors that will give him an overall focus on what he's looking for.
"How comfortable I am, the environment, definitely the style of play. How comfortable I am with the players and coaches. The academics. Everything. Just how comfortable I am overall with things," Simmons said.
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