UK Men's Basketball

Basketball recruiting notes: Simmons picks Arizona; McDonald’s teams announced Sunday; UK signee on national TV

UK signee Edrice “Bam” Adebayo will play against the No. 1 high school team in the country Monday in a game that will be televised on ESPNU.
UK signee Edrice “Bam” Adebayo will play against the No. 1 high school team in the country Monday in a game that will be televised on ESPNU. Associated Press

Five-star combo guard Kobi Simmons announced his commitment to Arizona on Saturday night.

Simmons — a 6-foot-5 prospect from the Atlanta area — recently narrowed his list to Arizona, Kentucky and Ohio State, but the latter two schools were apparently no longer involved with his recruitment.

Reports on Thursday — including one from CBS Sports — claimed that the Buckeyes had stopped recruiting Simmons, who was assumed to be favoring OSU until recently.

Kentucky, at one point the favorite in Simmons’ recruitment, had not been in recent contact after signing five-star guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk in November.

Simmons is an important addition for Arizona, which has had great national recruiting success under Coach Sean Miller but until Saturday had just one commitment from the class of 2016: Finnish power forward Lauri Markkanen.

UK Coach John Calipari said on his radio show last week that he would like to add one more prospect to the Cats’ No. 1-ranked recruiting class — specifically, a post playerFive-star big men Marques Bolden and Jarrett Allen are still considering Kentucky.

Azubuike ready to decide

One-time UK target Udoka Azubuike will also reveal his college decision this weekend, and that announcement is expected to come Sunday.

Azubuike — a five-star center from Nigeria, now in his senior year in Florida — has narrowed his choices to Florida State, Kansas and North Carolina, and the Seminoles are widely viewed as the favorite. UK has not been in contact with him in recent months.

McDonald’s selection show

Several players of local interest are expected to be named McDonald’s All-Americans during a television special that will air Sunday at 10:30 p.m., on ESPNU.

Four UK men’s signees — Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Malik Monk — have been nominated for the game and all have a good shot at being named to the boys’ team. UK women’s signee Lindsey Corsaro has been nominated for the girls’ game.

Elizabethtown’s Erin Boley — a Notre Dame signee — also has a great chance of making the girls’ game.

The McDonald’s games will be played March 30 at the United Center in Chicago.

Watch a future Wildcat

UK signee Edrice “Bam” Adebayo will lead High Point Christian (N.C.) against Chino Hills (Calif.) at 5 p.m. Monday in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU.

Chino Hills is led by five-star UCLA signee Lonzo Ball and ranked by USA Today as the No. 1 high school team in the country.

Adebayo, a 6-10 power forward, has been a double-double machine in his senior season with eight games of 15 or more rebounds. He’s already projected as the No. 8 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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