The loud thud and echo of the rubber basketball on hardwood and sneaker squeaks fill an empty arena during practice. These sounds are drowned on gamedays by the yells of “The O Zone,” the boisterous brass and drums of the Marching 110 and beats by Metro Boomin that blast from the speakers during layup lines. Redshirt sophomore Jaaron Simmons says he doesn’t focus on the music that plays during warm-ups.
“I’m just chillin’,” Simmons says, wiping the dust from the bottom of his Air Jordan 11 Concord sneakers. “I’m in a zone.”
Two years ago, Simmons’ zone was over 18 hours from Athens, Ohio as a Cougar at the University of Houston. He’s starting at point guard this year for the Ohio Bobcats as a member of a lineup that has the rare distinction of boasting three transfers as starters.
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