Yeah, it's worth remembering that we found out from the insiders that Bamba was visiting on literally the day (or day before) he was in Ann Arbor. None of the recent reports I've read have any info I'm impressed by. But I haven't read them all. Still, this is from an article a few days ago: “I just feel like it’s a weird one and I think we know less than we think we know,” said Jerry Meyer, 247Sports’ director of basketball scouting.
In the end, I'm sure the coaches have known for a while that it's, you know, far from a sure thing that Bamba is going to UM and that the decision might not come for a while. Until you hear something definitive, I'm not sure that Simmons -- even if you believe he'd start next year -- is the kind of talent that would make them deviate from their plan. And isn't Simmons going through the NBA draft process anyway?
I wouldn't be surprised if there was some kind of deal that if he stays in college and Michigan has a spot after Bamba and Mo/DJ make their decisions it's his. Not that such an agreement exists.
But that's different, in any event, than giving him the spot right now.