If it wasn’t certain before, it appears that Ben Simmons’ time as a collegiate athlete is officially over.
After the LSU Tigers didn’t make it to the NCAA Tournament and turned down an invite to the NIT, the consensus No. 1 pick in June’s NBA Draft has reportedly signed with an agent.
According Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Simmons is set to sign with agent Rich Paul.
From Yahoo!: “The arrangement for Klutch to represent Simmons has been in place for over a year, and agency papers to formalize the partnership are expected to be signed soon, sources said. Simmons will train in either Cleveland or Los Angeles in the predraft process, league sources said.”
Paul has gone from representing LeBron James to building an agency that represents other big names like John Wall, Eric Bledsoe and Tristan Thompson. Wojnarowski added that Paul’s agency, Klutch Sports, is the only one that Simmons was giving serious consideration to.
With Simmons as a client, Paul will now need to work towards convincing whichever team picks first overall that Simmons should be the guy. It’s hard to see that being a hard task once pre-draft meetings start rolling around in the coming weeks and months.
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