For those of you that haven’t seen the 2014-15 Gatorade and Naismith National Player of the Year Ben Simmons play, this mixtape is for you. The highlight reel showcases the smooth skills of a young guy from Melbourne, Australia, who many people think will be a future No. 1 NBA Draft pick.
The 6-foot-9 power forward committed to LSU when he was a sophomore, making his path to college slightly different than previous top-ranked players that have come before him that entertain a handful of top basketball schools up until signing day.
Last season, head coach Johnny Jones led LSU to their first NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2008–09 season, where the Tigers fell to North Carolina State in their opening game, 66–65. They ended the season with a 22-11 (11-7, SEC) record.
In a interview with ESPN’s Recruiting Nation, Simmons said his decision to attend LSU was “pretty easy”. His Godfather, David Patrick, will begin his fourth season on the bench for the Tigers this fall. Having the family connection was a huge part of the recruiting process for Simmons.
“I feel really comfortable being coached by Johhny Jones…he’s a family guy,” Simmons said later in RN interview. “I felt like its another family for me there.”
In addition to Simmons, LSU has two other ESPN 100 commits in Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson. The three together make up the No. 3 recruiting class of 2015.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to the Associated Press