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Highly-touted guard Kobi Simmons announces Arizona

Kobi Simmons (Kelly Kline/adidas)
Kobi Simmons (Kelly Kline/adidas)

Elite 6′-5″ guard Kobi Simmons, the No. 17 prospect in the 2016 class nationally, committed to Arizona on a Saturday ESPN broadcast. With Simmons off the board, only seven top 100 prospects remain uncommitted at this juncture.

Simmons picked the Wildcats over Kentucky, Ohio State and UNLV.

Arizona loses standout guard Gabe York from its 2015-2016 team, and Simmons will certainly be a solid options to pick up some of the scoring slack.

Due to his versatility, Simmons can play in either guard slot. He can handle the ball well and creates scoring opportunities for teammates using his court vision. Simmons scores near the cup and from the mid-range with accuracy, but is not a deadeye 3-point shooter just yet. Simmons can also use his length and athleticism to become an effective perimeter defender at the college-level in time.

Arizona has brought in no shortage of standouts to its program in the Sean Miller-era as head coach, and Simmons continues that trend. He’s simply one of the top talents in the class nationally, and an elite prospect who can be a difference-maker in the Pac-12.

Arizona Scholarship Grid

Position2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Point GuardsParker Jackson-Cartwright (Jr)Parker Jackson-Cartwright (Sr)Kobi Simmons (Jr)Kobi Simmons (Sr)
Kobi Simmons (Fr)Kobi Simmons (So)Alex Barcello (So)Alex Barcello (Jr)
Alex Barcello (Fr)
WingsKadeem Allen (Sr)Allonzo Trier (Jr)Allonzo Trier (Sr)Ray Smith (Sr)
Talbott Denny (Sr)Ray Smith (So)Ray Smith (Jr)Dylan Smith (Sr)
Allonzo Trier (So)Dylan Smith (So)Dylan Smith (Jr)Rawle Alkins (Sr)
Dylan Smith (Tr)Rawle Alkins (So)Rawle Alkins (Jr)
Ray Smith (Fr)
Rawle Alkins (Fr)
PostsDusan Ristic (Jr)Dusan Ristic (Sr)Chance Comanche (Sr)Lauri Markkanen (Sr)
Keanu Pinder (Jr)Keanu Pinder (Sr)Lauri Markkanen (Jr)DeAndre Ayton (Jr)
Chance Comanche (So)Chance Comanche (Jr)DeAndre Ayton (So)
Lauri Markkanen (Fr)Lauri Markkanen (So)
DeAndre Ayton (Fr)

 

 

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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