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Dennis Smith Jr. vs Kobi Simmons: Battle of 2016 Kentucky Basketball PG Targets

Kentucky basketball targets Dennis Smith Jr. and Kobi Simmons had a great matchup during the July recruiting period.

Courtside Films captured the highlights of a July matchup featuring Dennis Smith, Jr. vs. Kobi Simmons that should have Kentucky Wildcats fans should be salivating if they aren't already.

Their individual highlight videos are significantly better player evaluation tools, but it's a treat to see two UK targets' teams face off against each other.  Simmons is in the whitish jersey and Smith, Jr. is in the red.

As most of us know by now, Smith, Jr. is facing surgery to repair a recently torn ACL, but remains the consensus top PG prospect for 2016.  He's 6'3'' and 180 pounds, from Fayetteville, NC, and cut his list to six schools on July 17: UK, U of L, and every relevant program in North Carolina.

Chances are he'll stay close to home (247's Crystal Ball currently predicts NCSU, overwhelmingly), but never count John Calipari and UK out.  It also remains to be seen how schools alter their recruitments of Smith, Jr., if at all, based on his knee injury.  The report above, as well as others, indicate that the earliest Smith, Jr. will be able to play basketball will be April of 2016.

Simmons, the consensus second best PG option for 2016, currently, is considered a UK lean.  I prefer Simmons over Smith, Jr. due to his versatility (he can comfortably and effectively play SG, as well) and size.  I love quick guards who are able to play above the rim.  He's 6'5'' and 177 pounds, hailing from Alpharetta, GA.

Simmons' list was also recently reduced to six: UK, OSU, Arizona, UGA, UNC and Xavier.  He will officially visit Lexington at the end of the month.