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Next LeBron James? Ben Simmons looks ready to grow into the role
By Marc J. SpearsDecember 3, 2015 1:38 AM Yahoo Sports


BATON ROUGE, La. – Ben Simmons has already drawn comparisons to LeBron James and Magic Johnson less than a month into his college career. So does LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones have any hope his talented freshman will wait on the NBA and return for his sophomore season?

"Absolutely not," Jones told Yahoo Sports.

With the college basketball season now in full swing, Simmons has become the latest one-and-done darling and is expected to be the top overall pick in next year's NBA draft.

A 6-foot-10 forward, Simmons has wasted little time showing off his versatility and unselfishness. He can pass, rebound and physically dominate. He had 43 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three blocks in a victory over North Florida on Wednesday night. He also had 16 assists against South Alabama and nearly recorded a triple-double with 21 points, 20 assists and seven rebounds versus Marquette.

And Simmons, 19, has played in only seven games.


"We're embracing the time we have with him," Jones told Yahoo Sports. "He's like a Shaquille O'Neal. Those guys don't come around often."

One NBA general manager who watched Simmons at the Legends Classic in New York last week described him as a franchise-altering prospect.

"He's a tremendous talent. There is so much he can do," the GM told Yahoo Sports. "He fits into the modern NBA as far as a big who can handle, pass and rebound. High basketball IQ. He has a few things he could work on, but he is a foundation player.

"He just makes everyone better. It's hard to find players who make everyone better. He is unique in that way. Growth needs to occur, but he has a lot of skills. A lot of tools."

There isn't much that Simmons can't do. But while the Australian may beg to differ, he does need to improve his jump shot. He's taken only two 3-pointers, making one. He also doesn't regret twice deferring to teammates and not taking a potentially game-winning shot in the final seconds of an 81-80 loss to Marquette.

"If I don't need to shoot the ball, I won't do it," Simmons said. "I don't think I took one three against Marquette and I had [21 points]. Once I start shooting that jumper, I feel like I will be one of those guys that is hard to stop."

Simmons and Jones laugh at talk that he might be too unselfish.

"His main concern is trying to make other people better and to create opportunities for others because his main focus is winning, whether it's him scoring, them scoring or creating an opportunity," Jones told Yahoo Sports. "He has a great balance of that."

Simmons said his father Dave has always preached playing for the benefit of the team over individual statistics. Ben Simmons doesn't plan on changing from that mentality. Dave Simmons played collegiately at Oklahoma City University and played professionally in Central America, South America and Australia.

"They tell me to shoot the ball [outside] a little bit," Ben Simmons told Yahoo Sports. "I have guys on my team who could do that. And that's their jobs, specifically. I feel I can win the game without scoring 30 points.

"Growing up in Australia and the way I was raised, my dad told me to play as a team and to be a team player. You have five guys on the court. It's easy for five guys to defend one guy. It's hard to guard five. It's just a natural thing to do."

Simmons is LSU's most heralded player since O'Neal, who praised Simmons in a recent interview. Simmons turned down three major programs – all of whom are known for sending players straight to the NBA after one season – in Kentucky, Kansas and Duke.

LSU assistant coach David Patrick is Simmons' godfather, played in Australia with Simmons' father and has known the family for over 25 years. Jones had a strong relationship with Ben Simmons' brother Liam, an assistant coach at Southwest Baptist in Missouri, quickly connected with his parents and came through on a promise that LSU would play exhibition games in Australia.

Ben Simmons said he never considered skipping college and playing professionally in Australia or China. He also didn't take any other official college visits either.

"It would be a blessing to go [straight to] the NBA, but I couldn't do that. So the next best thing was going to LSU," Simmons told Yahoo Sports.

Jones was so ecstatic when Simmons told him he was signing with LSU that he nearly wrecked his car.

"I knew he was about to come on an official visit and he called and I answered the phone and said, 'Hey Ben.' 'Hey coach, I was calling to yet you know I was coming,' " Jones told Yahoo Sports. "I said, 'Yeah, I know, I'm looking forward to you guys coming down here.' He said, 'No, no, I'm coming to school there. I'm calling to commit.'

"I got chills over it. I crossed [four lanes] of traffic and I had to go park. People were blowing their horns. I just got to the parking lot and put my car in park and started talking to him."

In hopes of making the best of Simmons' offensive skills, Jones and his staff structured their offense around him. Simmons often takes the ball up the floor off his rebound and the Tigers utilize his pass-first mentality. He reads the offense like a point guard and if all else fails, uses his dribbling skills, quickness and athleticism to take the ball to the basket.

"We are still in the middle of tweaking things to allow him more space on the floor or space for other guys out of the things that we're running," Jones told Yahoo Sports. "It's been a learning experience. As a team, we're still developing."

Said Simmons: "I just look at the two gaps between the left side and the right side of my defender. … It just depends on how I feel and how I'm free to move. If I have a big man, if I push him one way he's not going to be quick enough to switch back to his [defensive] stance.

"It's going to be a foul automatically. That's why I usually use my right hand and go into them with the same side because I know I will get fouled."

James, Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant got a chance to watch Simmons during the Nike Basketball Academy in Santa Monica, Calif., in late June. There were reports that Simmons held his own playing against Harden and Davis. Simmons said the best advice he received came from Harden, who helped him with his jab step.

"That was really fun for me," Simmons told Yahoo Sports. "A new experience for me having all the vets there. Old players, new players. The best players in the world right now. James Harden, Anthony Davis, LeBron, Kobe and getting their advice and learning from the best."

Simmons said he stopped being awestruck of NBA players when he met and played against his idol, James, while participating in the All-Star's skills academy in 2014. Simmons said he and James often talk regularly on the phone.

"I just get a lot of advice from him," Simmons told Yahoo Sports. "He's like a big brother to me.

"I try to take care of my own stuff. But if I have something I really need help with I definitely talk to him. If I need him, I give him a call."

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Ben Simmons — the freshman that's dominating college basketball — has one glaring weakness, and it might not even matter
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Dec. 3, 2015, 11:05 AM

LSU freshman Ben Simmons has dominated the first seven games of his college career, leaving the NBA drooling.

While LSU is only 4-3, Simmons has been arguably college hoops' top player, or at least the most notable.

At 6-foot-10, just 19 years old, Simmons has the height of a big man, the athleticism of a wing player, and the ball-handling of a guard. He's averaging 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists per game while shooting 54% from the field.

On Wednesday night, Simmons flashed more of his potential, scoring 43 points on 15-20 shooting, with 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, and 3 blocks, leading LSU to a 119-108 win over North Florida. These are video game numbers, the type of stats LSU hasn't seen since Shaquille O'Neal played there over 20 years ago.

Except Simmons' game, for all of its versatility, is lacking something major — shooting.

Simmons' jump shot is by far his biggest weakness. He's only attempted two three-pointers all season (making one), and defenses simply sag off of him on the perimeter, daring him to shoot.

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LeBron James calls LSU's Ben Simmons an 'unbelievable talent'

NEW ORLEANS -- Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has heard LSU freshman Ben Simmons being called "the next LeBron."

And even though James recently called for basketball greats to stop being judged against one another, he says he's OK with the comparison being made between him and Simmons.


Is LSU freshman Ben Simmons headed for a point forward role in the NBA, given his lack of a proven jumper? Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton discuss his early showings.

"I don't mind it," James said Friday before the Cavs' game against the New Orleans Pelicans. "Someone's going to be compared to someone all the time, and I don't mind him being compared to me. People not only recognizing what he does on the floor, but he's a great kid, too. He has a great family, great support system, and that's why he's able to do what he [does] on the floor."

Simmons attended Friday night's matchup, taking a seat in the section behind Cleveland's bench in the third quarter.

"He's one of the best players in the world that's played the game," Simmons said in an interview with ESPN. "I just try to take little parts of his game and put it into mine. His size is one of the things that I look at. I'm 6-10, and he's right at 6-8 or 6-9, and I just try and fit what he does into my game."

Simmons, playing in nearby Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has taken the NCAA by storm, averaging 19.9 points, 14.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.6 blocks through the Tigers' first seven games.

James said his relationship with Simmons, a native of Australia, goes back long before college.

"I've watched him a lot, but I've watched him way before he showed up at Baton Rouge," James said. "I've been on him for probably three or four years now, and he's an unbelievable talent."


LeBron James says he's watched Ben Simmons for "probably three or four years now" and is not surprised by the LSU freshman's eye-popping performances this season. Mike Stobe/Getty Images
The pair also spent time this past summer at the Nike Basketball Academy in Santa Monica, California, where James was an instructor and Simmons was a counselor. The two also regularly speak on the phone.

Simmons likened James to a big brother.

"He gives me a lot of advice if I ever need it," he told ESPN. "He looks out for me, and he's one of those people you have to have as a mentor because he's one of the best players in the world."

While Simmons was already considered a potential No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft before LSU's season even started, some of his performances have been eye-popping, including 21 points and 20 rebounds against Marquette and 43 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three blocks against North Florida.

Yet James said nothing Simmons is doing has caught him off guard.

"Nah, I'm not surprised," James said. "He's a talented guy. The coach [Johnny Jones] at the university allows him to showcase his talent, and that's what he's capable of doing."

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Wow... that's amazing... :) :D

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Sino kaya makakuha dito? LA? New Orleans? Minnessota... Philadelphia na lang he he he :D


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LA...this guy will replace Kobe... :D

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JABEZJ wrote:
LA...this guy will replace Kobe... :D


Pwede bang the next magic na lang... parang malayo sa laro ni kobe eh :D


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chitotwothousandseven wrote:
JABEZJ wrote:
LA...this guy will replace Kobe... :D


Pwede bang the next magic na lang... parang malayo sa laro ni kobe eh :D

l think he meant to replace Kobe as the face of the Lakers.

problema lang dito ke BS25, minsan walang aggressiveness
parang si Wiggins din nung nasa college.

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Kirby Sting wrote:
chitotwothousandseven wrote:
JABEZJ wrote:
LA...this guy will replace Kobe... :D


Pwede bang the next magic na lang... parang malayo sa laro ni kobe eh :D

l think he meant to replace Kobe as the face of the Lakers.

problema lang dito ke BS25, minsan walang aggressiveness
parang si Wiggins din nung nasa college.


Right...the next face of the Lakers franchise... :D
Let's wait and see...mukhang may ibubuga si Simmons... :D

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everybody sing!!!!


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Can't wait to see him play in the nba.

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Simmon's attitude is a perfect fit for San Antonio...

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Sources: Possible No. 1 pick Ben Simmons to hire LeBron James' agent

By Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical
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LSU freshman star Ben Simmons, a possible No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, plans to sign with the LeBron James-funded Klutch Sports agency for his pro representation, league sources told The Vertical.


Simmons' college career ended when LSU decided against accepting an NIT bid on Sunday.

Simmons' older sister, Emily Bush, has been a marketing/branding employee of Klutch since 2014. She is based in Scottsdale, Ariz. Her hiring came shortly after James and Paul started recruiting Simmons as a potential future client.

Within the basketball industry, it has been understood that Klutch has been the only real pro representation that Simmons has considered. Simmons, a native of Australia, has been the subject of a serious courtship by James, Paul and Klutch Sports since attending the LeBron James Skills Academy in 2014.

The arrangement for Klutch to represent Simmons has been in place for over a year, and agency papers to formalize the partnership are expected to be signed soon, sources said. Simmons will train in either Cleveland or Los Angeles in the predraft process, league sources said.

Simmons has openly discussed James' involvement in his life, telling Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears in December: "I just get a lot of advice from him. He's like a big brother to me."

Simmons and Duke's Brandon Ingram are considered the two most likely candidates to go No. 1 overall in the June NBA draft. LSU failed to make the NCAA tournament and withdrew from consideration to participate in the NIT on Sunday.

Simmons, a 6-foot-10 forward, averaged 19.2 points and 11.8 rebounds in a season full of criticism for his sometimes indifferent play.

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Ben Simmons' LSU career likely over as team elects not to play in postseason

LSU's men's basketball season has officially ended. The team, once it confirmed it would not play in the NCAA Tournament, announced Sunday that it will not participate in the postseason at all.

The decision may very well mark the end of Ben Simmons' short career at LSU, as the freshman will likely jump to the NBA Draft as its projected No. 1 pick.

“We will be able to utilize this time to get better and start preparations for next season," coach Johnny Jones said in a statement. "We fell short of the mark of getting to the NCAA Tournament. I take full responsibility for this team, and will do the things necessary to make sure we are able to reach one of our main goals at LSU in the future.”

Had the Tigers elected to play, they would have done so without senior Keith Hornsby, who had season-ending surgery Tuesday after aggravating an internal injury suffered in November. Freshman guard Antonio Blakeney, who played two games in the Southeastern Conference Tournament under the weather, may have been listed as questionable as well.

The Tigers' once-promising season ended Saturday when they were crushed 71-38 by Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament semifinals. LSU finished the season at 19-14 (11-7 SEC) and tied for third in the conference.

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may bago ka na namang prospect na Biceps manay jabeza

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on Topic, next lebron? e di Choker din yan


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