2015 Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman center Stephen Zimmerman is one of the top prospects on the entire West Coast, and this past weekend he participated in the Compton Magic Memorial Tournament. Playing on a Dream Vision team with 2014 shooting guard Namon Wright, Zimmerman led his squad to the finals on Monday, despite some early hiccups.
"It's a great tournament," Zimmerman said. "I don't think our team was quite in the flow, and overall I don't think we're playing the way we should. We've added players like Namon since last year, and it takes a while to get in the flow. We don't have a lot of practices together, but we've been making the best of it."
Zimmerman showed off an array of post moves during the weekend, including what looks to be a solid jump hook. Probably the most shocking part of his game, though, is his ability to step out to the perimeter and hit jumpers all the way out to the three point line. He also has great quickness for such a long, lanky type, which makes him a difficult matchup with most other posts.
During Sunday's play, he matched up against Thomas Welsh, the seven-foot center from Loyola, and, despite lacking the strength of Welsh, was able to adjust his game to bring Welsh out to the perimeter and use his skillset to score over and around him.
With his skills, size, and athleticism, Zimmerman is going to be one of the most sought after prospects in the 2015 class, but for now, he's in no rush to make a decision.
"Everyone's been on me pretty hard," Zimmerman said. "I'm just trying to be patient, and make my decision when I've had time to look at a good amount of schools and find the right fit for me."
For now, the center has no plans to take any visits, at least for the next month, and isn't sure yet where else he will visit. He said that, although he wouldn't have a chance to visit UCLA while in town, he's been hearing a lot from the Bruins.
"I've been hearing from the coaching staff there a lot," Zimmerman said. "They told me they still love me, and stuff. Every one of the coaches has been talking to me pretty heavily."
Zimmerman, though, says that he was fond of Coach Howland and that the loss of Howland was "devastating."
"He's a great coach," Zimmerman said of Howland. "I guess the time was right, and now they have to start anew. We had a pretty good relationship."
Zimmerman's mom went to UCLA, but he said that wouldn't factor into his recruitment.
"She graduated from UCLA, but there's no pressure. My parents are just trying to help me make the best choice I can."
Zimmerman in No Hurry
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