Ben Simmons misses LSU’s first practice due to injury

LSU Tigers five-star freshman Ben Simmons missed the team’s first practice of the season due to an ankle injury, which is being evaluated on a day-to-day basis. Sheldon Mickles of The Advocate reported Simmons’ status.

#LSU forward Ben Simmons not seen at opening of first practice. He has a minor ankle injury and is day-to-day for his return.

— Sheldon Mickles (@MicklesAdvocate) October 5, 2015

This shouldn’t be too concerning, as the start of the season is still several weeks away and Simmons has plenty of time to take care of what’s ailing him. However, we’re at the part of the offseason where every practice counts and considering how important Simmons is to LSU’s plan for this season, it is even more important that he be 100 percent healthy from start to finish.

A small forward from Australia, Simmons has excellent size at 6-foot-10, 225 pounds and has enough of an inside presence along with playmaking abilities to be an immediate impact player in Baton Rouge. The Tigers have gone 61-37 (29-25 SEC) in three years under Johnny Jones and made their first NCAA tournament since 2009 last season, losing to N.C. State in the Round of 64.

With a healthy Simmons, not to mention a roster full of young talent, there’s no telling how much noise LSU can make in the SEC this season, so here’s hoping he gets back on the court soon!

LSU opens the season at home against the Southland’s McNeese State Cowboys on November 13.

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