By LARRY VAUGHT
What’s going on with 7-0 Las Vegas center Stephen Zimmerman?
My best west coast source continues to gather information and listen to what many others are saying. He’s hearing a lot of chatter about why Zimmerman will not go to UK — especially from UNLV supporters — is because the Cats are well positioned with other big men.
“This came after the news that Doral Moore was visiting — even though he didn’t make it. Diamond Stone’s name also came up even though he does not have UK on his final five list, as did Ivan Rabb’s although Rabb is more a power forward,” my source said. “Their argument was based on Zimmerman dropping UofL after Ryamond Spalding committed.
“I don’t think that argument has much validity. Zimmerman was not really that interested in Louisville from comments I heard, and used the commitment as a reason for cutting his list.”
But what if Moore, a raw but talented big man out of Georgia, would commit?
“If Moore commits, Calipari could easily let Zimmerman know that Moore was a project, and needed seasoning and coaching,” the source said. “Zimmerman was the primary recruit at center. While Zimmerman needs the usual coaching and development, he is ahead of Moore.”
It’s impossible to know who will be on UK’s roster next year, but likely Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns will be high draft picks. Dakari Johnson could be gone. Trey Lyles could be gone. Marcus Lee could be gone.
“There definitely will be a need for some bigs, and Zimmerman would fill that need — and it appears he and John Calapari have a good relationship at this point,” the source said.