Five-star 2016 point guard trims school list to six

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Georgia native Kobi Simmons is rated as one of the top players and point guards in the Class of 2016, and with that comes a lot of attention on the recruiting trail. And on the heels of playing with the Atlanta Celtics at the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale in Atlanta this weekend, he has narrowed his list of schools down to six.

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Simmons is now considering Ohio State, Xavier, Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Arizona. Earlier this week it was reported by Dan McDonald of Rivals.com that Simmons has already scheduled visits to Kentucky and Xavier, with the Wildcats set to host the guard August 28 and Xavier the following weekend.

While Kentucky has three underclassmen who can handle point guard responsibilities in sophomore Tyler Ulis and freshmen Isaiah Briscoe and Jamal Murphy, it’s always a fluid situation of sorts when it comes to Kentucky’s roster and the NBA. As for Xavier one of the players on the roster is freshman small forward Kaiser Gates, who’s a close friend of Simmons’ and a former high school teammate as well.

And with sophomore Larry Austin and redshirt freshman Edmond Sumner, the Musketeers are also young at the point guard spot. Ohio State’s in a position similar to that of Xavier, with none of their current guards being upperclassmen and two freshmen capable of serving as the primary ball-handler (A.J. Harris and JaQuan Lyle) joining the program.

Georgia, which adds freshman guard Will Jackson to the perimeter rotation this season, has personnel losses to account for when it comes to its guards in 2016. Both Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines are seniors, with J.J. Frazier and Juwan Parker (juniors) also being upperclassmen. North Carolina has three upperclassmen in its backcourt (senior Marcus Paige and juniors Stilman White and Nate Britt), and Arizona’s lone senior on the perimeter is shooting guard Gabe York.