Coming into the 2015-16 college basketball season, it was widely expected that LSU star freshman Ben Simmons would be a one-and-done player before going on to be the top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
However, if you ask one prominent alumnus basketball analyst, Simmons should return to Baton Rouge.
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley recently spoke out saying Ben Simmons should be ineligible to declare for the draft since he was unable to lead the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament.
From Adam Zagoria of SNY:
Barkley says Ben Simmons should stay in school. 'If you can't get to March Madness there should be a rule you're not allowed in the NBA'
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 8, 2016
On top of LSU’s struggles on the court, Ben Simmons has also had troubles in the classroom.
Simmons was temporarily benched for academics, admitted to missing classes and was recently ruled ineligible for the Wooden Award after failing to meet the financial standards.
While the decision to declare for the draft will ultimately belong to Ben Simmons, perhaps Barkley is onto something. It looks like Simmons has a lot of room to grow in terms of maturity, so returning to school may be in his best interest. Then again, he has already admitted to skipping classes, so another year in Baton Rouge is likely not in the cards.
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