Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Recruiting: Looking at the 2013 Class, Part III

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Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past week or so, we have taken a look at Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Recruiting and looked at the players that have gotten offers for the 2015 class here and here. Today, we take a look at three more players that have gotten Kentucky offers and as of now, this competes the look at official offers. On Monday, we will complete the 2015 class and look at players that have yet to get offers.

 

Picture from Stephen Zimmerman Twitter: @BIGG_ZIMM

STEPHEN ZIMMERMAN
C – 7’0, 215
BISHOP GORMAN – LAS VEGAS, NV

RIVALS: ***** (4)
SCOUT:  ***** (5)
24/7:  ***** (10)
ESPN:  ***** (4)

OTHER NOTABLE OFFERS: Arizona, North Carolina, UCLA, Louisville, UNLV, Kansas, Indiana

Early on, Zimmerman was considered Kentucky’s main target at the center position and Kentucky remains high on his list. Zimmerman is a great passer for a big man and has a shooting range up to 17 feet.  He moves well and his overall game is suited for the NBA.  John Calipari and Barry Rohrrsen recently watched Zimmerman play with fellow target Ivan Rabb at the Nike EYBL and it will be interesting to see which remains the bigger target.  Both are looking at Arizona but you would assume both would not go to the same school.  Arizona will be tough to beat for Zimmerman, but Indiana, Kansas, and Louisville are all in the running.

  “All the fans and they get crazy and it seems fun” – Stephen Zimmerman on BBM

Zimmerman recently announced his plans to attend Big Blue Madness and it seems as he and his family are excited about it.  The family seems to have a genuine affection for John Calipari and his mother sent several get well wishes to Calipari during his recent hip surgery.  Whether that was just politeness or a clue to who the family likes remains to be seen.  And even though Kentucky is the first official visit, this is not to be seen that UK is a leader, yet Big Blue Madness is a big sell for a recruit.

 

“It’s been a thing that me and my parents have watched in the past and always wanted to attend,” Zimmerman said Friday. “It seems like the best time to take an official visit.”

Zimmerman has never been to UK, and has never visited Lexington, but he knows there’s no better time to check out the Wildcats than their first public practice.

“It’s the energy,” Zimmerman said. “All the fans and they get crazy and it seems fun. The players seem to have fun and it seems like a great time.”

 

Here is how ESPN scouts Zimmerman:

 

Strengths:
Zimmerman is the most skilled big man in his class. At the high post he can be deadly due to his passing acumen and shooting touch from the elbow. His shot and release are smooth out to the 3-point stripe. He can face-up and attack the basket and he runs as well as any big man in the class. In the low block he shows signs of a developing post game.

Weaknesses:
Zimmerman’s fundamentals (plays too straight-up in post/brings the ball down) and strength are areas that need attention going forward. In addition, his footwork (bend knees) need polishing.

Bottom Line:
Zimmerman is a consensus Top 5 talent in the class and this should not change going forward. Once he gets stronger, he should have a long career after college.

 

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