Star LSU forward Ben Simmons is one of the best players in the country and surefire lottery pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He is one of the few bright spots for the Tigers this year, who are just 18-12 and in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament.
Despite Simmons being one of the nation’s top players, he will not be winning the John Wooden Player of the Year Award. Head coach Johnny Jones confirmed to ESPN that Simmons has not been certified to win the award by the school.
“From what I was told, he didn’t meet all of the requirements,” Jones said. “He wasn’t certified by the school to be on the ballot.”
LSU spokesperson Kent Love later confirmed to ESPN that it is an academic issue that has made him ineligible for the award. This is not the first time Simmons has had problems with academics as he was benched for the Tennessee game last month due to grade issues.
Of course, Simmons is just using LSU as a stepping stone towards the NBA. However, that doesn’t really excuse him hurting his team for his own personal gain, even if he doesn’t want to be in college right now.
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