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The nation's No. 2 player in the class of 2015, Stephen Zimmerman commands attention wherever he goes. Despite the attention, the big man remains focused.
A seven footer at Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, Zimmerman is easy to spot. However, he likes to keep the focus on team as much as possible.
Last weekend, Zimmerman and Gorman took a tough loss to 2014 five-star big man Cliff Alexander and Chicago (Ill.) Curie. There was something very important to be learned, though.
"I think the big thing we have to learn about playing teams out here in Chicago is that we've got to get tougher," Zimmerman told Rivals.com. "All of us as a team we need to get tougher. If we get tougher that will help us a lot. Not only a Las Vegas scale but the national scale"
Personally, Zimmerman has been sidelined a bit by an ankle injury. He was feeling good about his shot coming into the season but still has to get in better shape and get more repetition in practice.
"I just came back from an ankle injury so I haven't been able to get into workouts a lot," said Zimmerman. "I've been practicing and doing as much drills as I can and stuff but need to get back into the working out mentality."
On the recruiting front, Zimmerman would make an excellent politician. He says the right things about the different schools recruiting him and doesn't give any hint of a preference. He has been to UCLA recently and also has Arizona, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan, Louisville, Kentucky and many others involved.
One of those others involved is hometown UNLV.
"It's really cool," said Zimmerman of UNLV. "I know a lot of people that go to UNLV, a lot of players. I've played with a couple of them so it's a big thing to see how they transfer over to playing in college and it's a big thing to see how different the game is."
For now, Zimmerman says that there is no hurry to make any cuts. But, he also thinks that he may need to get it done relatively soon to try and slow down what is becoming a more hectic process. The enormity of it all, though, makes it something that he's really not excited about doing just yet.
"I'm going to have to soon," said Zimmerman when asked when he could cut his list down. "I might not want to, but I may have to soon. It's a really big decision. That's the biggest thing."