WEIGHT: 175 POUNDS
POSITION: POINT GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: MIDDLE OF SECOND ROUND/ MIGHT RISE
PLAYER SUMMARY: Simmons was part of Arizona’s highly ranked 2016 recruiting class. The former 5-star recruit played very well during the first half of the season. However, his playing shrunk significantly towards the end of the season and didn’t play much in the NCAA tournament. Despite not seeing the court very often at the end of the season, he declared for the 2017 NBA Draft.
Simmons sports very good size for the point guard position. He is a gifted athlete. He is at his best when playing in an uptempo system. The 6’5″ freshman can play both guard positions, which is a plus.He is very good while attacking the basket and making plays for himself or others. Ball-handling isn’t a problem as it is one of his strengths. Simmons shows the ability to become a very good defender as he has the size and lateral quickness needed to stay in front of his man.
From watching Arizona play and through our evaluations, Simmons will need to improve upon his decision making if he is going to be a full-time PG. While he can make all the passes, he makes questionable decisions on the floor at times.
The former Wildcat is a average to a little above average shooter at this stage in his development. He will probably have to alter his shooting mechanics slightly. He will need to put in a lot of time in the gym to improve.
Personally, we like Kobi Simmons and his ability. We believe that he has NBA type talent. However, we think he would have been better off staying in college for another season. If he did, he would have been the starting PG and one of Arizona’s leaders as they lose a lot of talent off this year’s team.
The 2017 NBA Draft is going to be an excellent draft. It also will feature 8-10 point guards who will get drafted. Simmons is going to have to fight among the bottom 3-4 of those point guards to get drafted higher. His ceiling is high. Hopefully the NBA team that drafts him brings him along slowly. Maybe playing in the D-League next season will be the best decision for his basketball career. This way he can get a lot of playing time without worrying about making mistakes. We wouldn’t’ be surprised at all if Simmons was in an NBA rotation in 3 years.
BELOW IS KOBI SIMMONS HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER PROFILE (2016)
PLAYER SUMMARY: 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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