WEIGHT: 180 POUNDS
POSITION: POINT GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MIDDLE TO LATE SECOND ROUND
PLAYER SUMMARY: Simmons was part of Sean Miller’s excellent 2016 recruiting class. The former high school star started the year playing good minutes. However, towards the end of the season, he saw a reduction in playing time as the Wildcats shrunk their rotation.
In 24 playing 24 minutes per game, the 6’5″ point guard averaged 8.7 minutes, 1.6 rebounds, and 2 assists. Simmons sports great size for the PG position and is a very good athlete, as he reportedly has a 45-inch vertical leap. He plays his best while in transition. He has improved his outside shooting and we believe he is at his best while attacking the rim.
NBA scouts have worries about his ability to run a team. Scouts aren’t sure if he is a true point guard, which is the position he will have to play at the next level.
We like Kobi Simmons as a player. He shows glimpses of being a really good basketball player. However, in our opinion, he should have stayed in college for at least 1 more season. The 2017 NBA Draft is loaded with talent, especially at the point guard position. If he returned to Arizona, he would probably be a first round pick in a weaker 2018 draft. However, Simmons signed with an agent and his college career is over.
Simmons will get drafted based on his potential. However, we believe he will end up in the D-League for 1-2 years. Hopefully for his sake, he improves enough to stick on an NBA roster. Simmons is a classic example of a talented player who left college to early.
BELOW IS KOBI SIMMONS 2016 HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER PROFILE
PLAYER SUMMARY: Kobi Simmons is one of the top 5 high school point guards in the class of 2016. He committed to the Arizona Wildcats and Head Coach Sean Miller will love his PG of the future.
Simmons has great size for the PG position. At 6’5″, he sees the floor extremely well. After watching numerous game footage of Simmons, he looks like a very smooth athlete who should thrive in Arizona’s up-tempo system. His game is tailor made for the way head coach Sean Millers’ teams play. He has a solid jump-shot, although like the majority of young players he can definitely improve in this area.
The potential is there for Simmons to be an outstanding defensive player. With his size he should wreak havoc on opposing point guards when he plays in the Pac-12 next season. Although 6’5″, Simmons needs to gain strength in order to handle the rigors of college basketball. He plays better in an up-tempo style then a half-court game and will need to improve his decision-making.
At the high school level he is asked to score, although once he gets to big-time college basketball, he will be asked to set up and run the offense. He certainly has the ability and talent to do this, although it will take time. He will need to improve his 3-point shooting as Arizona loves its players to shoot from behind the arc.
I believe Kobi Simmons will be a perfect fit at Arizona. His individual talents fits the Wildcats system perfectly. Even though I believe he is a notch below fellow Class of 2016 PG’s Dennis Smith JR. and Lonzo Ball, Simmons has a chance to be a really good player who is only scratching the surface of his potential. Once he adds weight and improves his decision-making, the Pac-12 point guards will need to watch out.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF KOBI SIMMONS AT ARIZONA
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