LAS VEGAS — Arizona got a 92-78 victory over Colorado in a Pac-12 quarterfinal, but it was another tough night for freshman guard Kobi Simmons.
Simmons has been losing playing time lately, and he managed just six minutes against the Buffs. He played a season-low five in the regular-season finale against Arizona State. He has just three points in the past three games.
At this time of the year, it’s all about trust from the coaches, and Sean Miller can rely on veterans such as Kadeem Allen, Allonzo Trier and Parker Jackson-Cartwright at the guard positions, while the ultra-consistent Rawle Alkins is holding down a perimeter position.
Simmons has shown flashes of being a dynamic scorer and athlete, but his defense has been problematic at times. He got pulled late in the first half after giving up a 3-pointer, having a drive to the basket blocked and then committing a silly foul on the rebound.
Here is what Alkins said about what advice he is giving these days to Simmons…
Rawle Alkins on his recent advice to a struggling Kobi Simmons… pic.twitter.com/UrueDeYJo5