Gorman’s Zimmerman trims his list of suitors to 8, including hometown UNLV

Teammate Chase Jeter, who plans to decide before July, still also considering UNLV


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

Bishop Gorman center Stephen Zimmerman pulls a rebound away from Findlay Prep forward Justin Jackson during their game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at the South Point. Gorman won 76-72 in overtime.

Stephen Zimmerman, Bishop Gorman

Bishop Gorman's Stephen Zimmerman talks about himself.

Bishop Gorman High big man Stephen Zimmerman has basketball scholarship offers from more than 20 college programs.

Tuesday, he trimmed his list of suitors to eight schools, including hometown UNLV. On Twitter, a common place for recruits to announce their news, the 7-foot Zimmerman posted a photo of his final eight — UNLV, Kansas, North Carolina, Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, UCLA and Arizona.

“Thank you to all the great programs that expressed interest in me,” he wrote.

Zimmerman, a five-star recruit and consensus top-10 overall player for the class of 2015, averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks per game last season to help Gorman win its third straight state championship. Grant Rice, the younger brother of UNLV coach Dave Rice, coaches Gorman.

Zimmerman isn’t the lone blue-chip recruit from Gorman considering the Rebels.

Post player Chase Jeter, whose father, Chris Jeter, was on the UNLV 1990 national championship team, included UNLV on his trim-down list in mid-April.

The 6-foot-9 Jeter, a five-star recruit and the nation’s No. 17 overall prospect by Rivals.com, wrote April 17 his final six schools are Kansas, Oregon, UNLV, Duke, UCLA and Arizona

“Planning on a commitment before July. Thank you to all the schools who have recruited me,” Jeter wrote on Twitter.

Jeter, also from the class of 2015, averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game last season.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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