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Kobi Simmons

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Name: Kobi Simmons

School: Arizona

Season: Freshman

ESPN High School Ranking: 20 (2016)

Birthdate: July 4, 1997 (19)

Birthplace: Alpharetta, Georgia


- Parents Sadiqua and Demond Simmons  

- Demond is a retired US Marine

- Uncle Bilal plays basketball professionally in Singapore

High School: St. Francis High School


- 2013 MaxPreps Freshman All-American Third Team  

- 2013 Georgia Private Schools Class A All-State First Team and Freshman of the Year  

- Named to 2013-14 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team  

- 2016 McDonald's All-American

Twitter: JordanKobi

Instagram: Kobi_Simmons2

Height: 6'5

Weight: 175

Wingspan: 6'6 (2014 USA Basketball)

Standing Reach: 8'4 (2014 USA Basketball)

Injury History:

- Rolled his ankle in opening game vs. Michigan State - did not miss any time

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Parents named him Kobi Jordan after Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan  

- Felt welcome everywhere he went when he visited - liked how crazy the fans are there

Freshman Season Stats: Through 26 games

- 11.3 PPG  

- 2.6 APG

- 2.1 RPG  

- 0.9 SPG  

- 42% FG  

- 34% 3  

- 80% FT


- 9th in free throw percentage in the Pac-12 in 2016-17

Position: Combo Guard

Greatest Strength: Athleticism

Greatest Weakness: Experience

Athleticism: 9

Aggression: 7

Speed: 9

Strength: 5

Lateral Movement: 8

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 7

3 point shooting: 6

Jumpshot: 6

Ability to finish at the rim: 8

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 7

Passing: 7

Rebounding: 6

Motor: 8

Touch: 7

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 8

Steals: 7

Blocks: 4

Pick and Roll: 

- Simmons is very quick at getting in the lane using ball screens - he almost always makes the right decision  

- Finds the open man or can get to the rim consistently  - Needs to get stronger but can already get over screens and stay with his man

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Very thin  

- Fluid NBA athlete  

- Very quick first step  

- Unselfish - good and willing passer  

- Always makes the extra pass  

- Great body control finishing at the rim  

- Head always up  

- Inconsistent shooter

Game Analysis: 

Game 1

- vs. Texas A&M  

- #5 JC Hempton  

- #3 Admon Gilder  

- #10 Tonny Trocha-Morelos  

- #2 Eric Vila  

- #1 DJ Hogg

- Very quick first step - against the zone got into the heart of the defensive from left 45 and hit short floater  

- Catch and shoot 3 off balance in transition - miss  

- Great weakside help in the post to deny the entry pass on what would have been a layup  

- Crazy quick first step to beat the closeout, beautiful pass to Ristic in the post who was fouled  

- Really tough drive right down the middle and finishes with high floater - hits  

- Crashes glass off missed FT and gets rebound  

- Good extra pass on the perimeter  

- Catch and shoot right corner 3 - miss  

- Fantastic pass - penetrated, split the D straightaway, gathered and found Pinder for open dunk under hoop  

- Catch and shoot 3 at left 45 - miss  

- Attacks closeout of zone in left corner, spins middle and fouled - penalty - FTs 1/2  

- Catches outlet in transition, left to right euro step, missed layup out of control - started euro too early  

- Beats everyone down the floor, catches in transition, fouled going up for right layup - FTs 2/2  

- Pullup jumper at FT line on drive from right 45 - miss  

- Attacks closeout from left 45, drives right and finishes up and under layup with right  

- Offensive rebound, fouled going back up - FTs 2/2  

- Attacks Hogg closeout baseline, fouled, penalty - FTs 1/2

Game 2

- vs. Washington

- Pump st left 45 drives left draws help one handed dish to Comanche at hoop for the dunk.  

- 3 in and out from left 45 nice stroke  

- Drives down middle in transition bad d nobody picks him up finishes w left layup  

- Pull-up jumper left 45 hits  

- Double pump dunk off the closeout from right corner baseline drive dunk

NBA Comparison: Jordan Clarkson

Current Ability: 6

Projection as an NBA Player: 7.5

Projected Draft Spot: Late 1st-Early 2nd Round

Opinion: Simmons is a solid shooter with plenty of room to improve. He has natural feel for the game and is already a good passer and defender. Simmons' elite skill is his athleticism. He has elite speed on his first step. He is inconsistent as a scorer, mostly due to his age (19 year old Freshman). I am not sure wheteher Simmons is a PG or SG. He does not play a traditional PG role at Arizona, but he averaged 11 assists per game in High School. If he were to play PG, he has great size for the position. Simmons has the base to become a good NBA player and is a very good late 1st-early 2nd round pick.