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Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Kobi Simmons Offered

Syracuse offered 2016 5-star combo guard Kobi Simmons late Thursday night.

2016 guard Kobi Simmons
2016 guard Kobi Simmons
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On the eve of the next live recruiting period, the Syracuse Orange staff made a bold statement. Late Thursday night, SU offered 2016 5-star combo guard Kobi Simmons, who is arguably the best guard in the class.

Simmons is ranked as the No. 1 combo guard in the class, according to 247sports. Across the board, the Georgia native is ranked in the top 15 nationally.

His offers consist of: Arizona, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Marquette, Memphis, Mississippi State, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, Syracuse, Texas, Texas Tech, USC, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

Syracuse comes as the latest offer, just two days after Kentucky.

Although this is strange timing for Syracuse to offer, it's not the first time the Orange have reportedly been interested. Syracuse visited Simmons last October, and Simmons reportedly wanted to visit SU last summer. That visit never took place.

This offer tells us a few things:

1. Syracuse would take Simmons over Jamal Murray. Otherwise, Murray would've received the offer.

2. Jim Boeheim isn't going to wait around for Tyus Battle to make the first move. SU has to continue to actively recruit 2016 targets.

So, now what happens? Syracuse has one spot remaining for the 2016 class and have three current offers: Tyus BattleSedee Keita and Kobi Simmons.

The offer is weirdly-timed, but it's well deserved. Syracuse wouldn't offer Simmons unless they felt as if they have a legitimate shot to land him.

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