Tucson, AZ (KOLD) - Arizona freshman guard Kobi Simmons announced his intention to go pro today. Through a statement released by the University of Arizona, the Atlanta, Georgia native wrote:
"I have enjoyed my time at Arizona very much. I would like to thank my teammates, coaches and our great fans for their support and effort in making my year truly a special one. Bear Down."
In his one and only season, Simmons averaged 8.7 points and nearly 2 rebounds per game. He becomes the second Wildcat to declare for the draft since Lauri Markkanen announced his decision last week. Unlike Lauri, a projected top ten pick, Simmons is predicted to go somewhere in the second round.
Here's the whole statement:
TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona freshman Kobi Simmons will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft and not return to the program.
"Kobi Simmons, with the support of his family, has decided to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft," said head coach Sean Miller. "All of us here at Arizona thank him for his freshman season and wish him continued success as he pursues his professional career."
Simmons appeared in all 37 games for the Wildcats last season, starting in 19 of them. He averaged 8.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.