Zimmerman recaps visit

Stephen Zimmerman (Photo: Kelly Kline)

The basketball season is right around the corner and Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman center Stephen Zimmerman is gearing up for his junior season. The 6-foot-11 five-star prospect not only is working hard on his game, recently he made an unofficial visit to a Pac 12 power.

As always is the case big things are expected of Bishop Gorman this season, and now as a junior Stephen Zimmerman is ready to lead.

"Things are going pretty good for us," said Zimmerman. "We're a young team and we have a lot to learn, but I look forward to helping out and being a leader. I am looking forward to hopefully winning a state championship this year."

While recently out in California, Zimmerman had a chance to make an unofficial visit to UCLA. Zimmerman says he came away impressed with what he saw.

"It was really cool," said Zimmerman of the visit. "I took an unofficial when Ben Howland was there, so it was good to see how things are now under Coach (Steve) Alford. Ed Schilling is someone who I first met at adidas Nations, and he was really nice to my family and it was good to see him go to UCLA. Overall it was a great experience. It was nice to see the team, and get to talk to some of those guys who I have played against."

Even though he just got the job this off season, Alford has made it clear to Zimmerman that he is a top priority going forward for UCLA.

"Coach Alford is mostly saying the same stuff a lot of the colleges say," said Zimmerman. "He texts me probably every other day, and letting me know I am a priority and that he really wants me to end up at UCLA."

Along with UCLA, Zimmerman has offers from schools such as UNLV, Arizona, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, and North Carolina.

The Arizona Wildcats have been there since the very beginning, and Zimmerman likes what he has seen from Sean Miller's program.

"They were one of the first schools to offer me," said Zimmerman. "I took an unofficial visit there like a year ago, and they seem really interested. They are one of the best schools in the country and I like Coach Miller and his staff."

John Calipari and his staff have been very active in recruiting Zimmerman, and he likes the way the Wildcats are up front with him.

"I like how straight forward their coaches are," Zimmerman said of UK. "They don't tell you what you want to hear, they tell you how it really is. Also they have a huge fan base. I think on Twitter I get like 15-20 followers a day that are Kentucky fans. It is pretty crazy, but I like them and the coaches are great."

For now the nation's No. 3 prospect in the class of 2015 says that he is going to take things slow, and intends on gathering as much information as possible before making his college decision.

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