August 1, 2013
UNC likes Zimmerman
Anyone who wants to get onboard the Stephen Zimmerman train might want to board now. The 7-0 center from Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas is going to have one high profile recruitment.
With more than 20 scholarship offers, the skilled post player is hearing from most any school who regularly competes in March. The North Carolina Tar Heels have been in touch with Zimmerman and evidently they like what they have seen.
Blessed with a bevy of skilled post moves, incredibly precise feet in the paint and a feathery soft face-up game, the agile 7-footer is surely destined for college stardom. And down the road, the National Basketball Association.
" I feel my outside shooting is coming along well. My footwork is good too. Being able to take some bigger guys out to where they might not feel terribly comfortable is a big part of my success," said Zimmerman.
Zimmernan's fluidness as a big man are very impressive as well. He runs end to end as well as anyone in the high school ranks and he hunts blocks shots in and out of his area of the paint.
The complete skill package and size have made the 2015 prospect one of the most coveted big guys in the country and he's currently holding some pretty impressive scholarship offers.
UCLA, UNLV, Kansas, UConn, Oregon, Oregon State, Memphis, UTEP, Auburn, Arizona, USC, Florida State, Notre Dame, Baylor, Tennessee, Marquette, Kentucky, Texas, Ohio State, Louisville, St. John's and Indiana.
He counts Duke and Kentucky as two schools who he feels are on the cusp of offering and the Tar Heels have now jumped into the fray as well, as they have a need for a skilled paint presence from the class of 2015.
CB McGrath has been in touch with the Zimmerman camp and the assistant coach has expressed that the Tar Heels like him and that they've done quite well with players like him in the past.
"They told Stephen that they were looking forward to recruiting him," said his mother, Lori Zimmerman, who handles a lot of the recruiting contact for her son. "They said that Coach Williams' success has been dependent on on good big men and that he's one of the most skilled in the class of 2015," she continued.
Although Zimmerman doesn't play on the Nike EYBL circuit, where 80% of the top prospects compete, he hasn't experienced any ill effects of it on his recruitment. His performances against the nation's best at the annual NBA Top 100 Camp cemented his lofty status.
"We're very blessed," said Lori Zimmerman. "Especially since last summer, he was sitting at home rehabbing an injury."
This summer there have been no side effects to the previous injury and Zimmerman remains on track as a top five prospect overall in the entire class of 2015.
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