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Grizzlies guard Simmons to host youth basketball camp in Alpharetta

This month, he’s in Utah, tearing up the NBA’s Summer League for the Memphis Grizzlies.

But soon, Kobi Simmons will be coming home to Alpharetta to put on a summer basketball camp for the kids.

On Aug. 4 and 5, Simmons — the second-year point guard for the Grizzlies — will host his KJ2 Camp at his alma mater, St. Francis High School on Cogburn Road in Alpharetta. Registration for the camp is open now to boys and girls, ages 6 to 18.

The cost per camper is $125 per person and the camp runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Interested folks can sign up online at kj2camp.com.


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A description for the camp on the website says that it will teach “fundamentals and positive attitudes in a competitive atmosphere” and campers will be “be exposed to not only new techniques and strategies for basketball, but will also be provided with a truly inspirational experience.”

Simmons, 21, is a 2016 graduate of St. Francis and left the school as its all-time leading scorer with more than 2,400 career points. He led St. Francis to two state titles and was the top-ranked player in Georgia when he was leaving high school, according to ESPN.

The 6-foot-5 point guard picked the University of Arizona, where he averaged 8.7 points and 2.1 assists per-game. He helped lead the Wildcats to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in his lone season there.

Simmons went unselected in the 2017 NBA Draft, but was signed shortly after by the Grizzlies. On a two-way contract, Simmons spent time in the NBA and its minor league, the G-League.

He made the most of his NBA opportunities though, playing in 32 games for the Grizzlies last season and earning 12 starts. Simmons averaged 6.1 points, 2.1 assists and 1.6 rebounds per-game while shooting 43 percent from the floor. His best game came on April 8 against the Detroit Pistons, where he tallied 20 points and seven assists in a win.

Simmons is playing well so far in the Summer League, averaging 17 points per-contest through three games while shooting 51 percent from the floor.

For more information about his camp, visit kj2camp.com or call 770-355-8566.

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