To absolutely no one’s surprise, the projected #1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft is leaving college early. Ben Simmons, the Australian-born talent that had an up-and-down season for the Louisiana State University Tigers told ESPN late Sunday night that he will be hiring an agent and entering the 2016 NBA Draft.
Simmons’ LSU Tigers missed out on making the NCAA tournament after they got blown out by Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament. Despite that, the phenomenal freshman averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game during his lone season at LSU.
Last week, reports circulated that Simmons would be hiring Rich Paul’s LeBron James-funded agency Klutch Sports. Simmons’ older sister Emily Bush has been an employee of Klutch Sports since 2014. She is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and her hiring came shortly after James and Paul started recruiting Simmons as a potential future client.
Although Simmons has been the projected #1 pick throughout the 2015-16 NCAA campaign, the gap has closed significantly between himself and Duke freshman Brandon Ingram. Ingram, who has drawn comparisons to Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant due to his skill set and slight build, led his Duke Blue Devils to the Sweet 16 this past weekend and is looking to lead Duke to its second straight NCAA National Championship. To read more about Ben Simmons, click here.
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