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LeBron Okay With Ben Simmons' Comparisons

Dec 5, 2015 4:01 PM

Ben Simmons has been compared to LeBron James with his abilities as a passer despite having the height of a forward.

James doesn't mind the comparison.

"I don't mind it," James said Friday. "Someone's going to be compared to someone all the time, and I don't mind him being compared to me. People not only recognizing what he does on the floor, but he's a great kid, too. He has a great family, great support system, and that's why he's able to do what he [does] on the floor."

"He's one of the best players in the world that's played the game," Simmons said in an interview with ESPN. "I just try to take little parts of his game and put it into mine. His size is one of the things that I look at. I'm 6-10, and he's right at 6-8 or 6-9, and I just try and fit what he does into my game."

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Draft Express Moves Ben Simmons To No. 1, Brandon Ingram To No. 2

Dec 4, 2015 12:09 PM

Draft Express has moved Ben Simmons to the top position in their mock draft for 2016 while Brandon Ingram moved up to second and Skal Labissiere dropped to third.

Labissiere had been in the first slot in the Draft Express mock draft since April.

Dragan Bender is currently No. 4 with Jaylen Brown rounding out the top-5.

Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray, Henry Ellenson, Jakob Poeltl and Cheick Diallo rank 6th through 10th.

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Tags: Skal Labissiere, Brandon Ingram, Ben Simmons, Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Mock Drafts

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Ben Simmons Considered Consensus No. 1 Prospect For 2016

Nov 24, 2015 12:46 PM

Ben Simmons ranks No. 1 on ESPN's Big Board for the 2016 NBA Draft.

"Anyone that doesn't have Simmons No. 1 [on their draft board] should be fired," one longtime GM with a great draft track record told ESPN on Monday.

Fifty-one NBA scouts and execs attended Simmons' game in Brooklyn on Monday in which he had 21 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists.

"You don't find players his size, with his elite athletic ability that see the game the way he sees the game," one GM said. "He's unselfish to a fault. He's always trying to make the right play. And he's just scratching the surface. Look at how the other freshmen are faring right now. It takes a while to adjust. What does his box score start looking like when he adjusts?"

The main concern with Simmons is his jumper and whether that may make a team pass on him at No. 1 was asked.

"Not a chance," one GM said. "He does everything else well. He's not a bad shooter. It won't stop anyone from taking him No. 1."

Skal Labissiere, Dragan Bender and Jaylen Brown could all compete for the No. 1 spot.

"Towns, Mudiay and Porzingis were always in the mix last year," one GM said. "There was plenty of debate. There just isn't any real debate with my scouts about Simmons right now. He's way ahead of those guys. He's going to have to struggle and those guys are going to have to get a lot better."

Labissiere has ranked No. 1 on the Draft Express' Big Board since last April.

 

Chad Ford/ESPN

Tags: Ben Simmons, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Ben Simmons Has 41.5-Inch Vertical During LSU's Combine

Oct 13, 2015 7:27 PM

Ben Simmons tested with a 41.5 inch vertical during LSU's combine.

Simmons also was measured at 6'10 in shoes and a 7'0 1/4 wingspan, which is longer than previously reported.

Simmons has also added 11 pounds since late June.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

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Jordan Mickey Declares For NBA Draft

Mar 31, 2015 2:33 PM

Jordan Mickey has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Mickey is ranked No. 69 in ESPN's Top 100.

Mickey was a First Team All-SEC selection in his sophomore season at LSU.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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LSU's Jarell Martin To Declare For NBA Draft

Mar 26, 2015 12:32 PM

Jarell Martin will leave LSU after his sophomore season for the 2015 NBA Draft.

One source said Martin has already informed LSU coach Johnny Jones of his decision, which comes as no surprise considering Martin had a strong second half of the season en route to earning first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors.

“I talked to him (Martin) tonight … he’s already met with Johnny (Jones),” a source close to Martin told The Advocate. “I believe the plan is for there to be an announcement, a press conference, at either 1 o’clock or 2 o’clock (Wednesday).”

Martin led LSU in scoring with 16.9 points per game while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and ranked second to Jordan Mickey with 9.2 rebounds per game.

Sheldon Mickles/The Advocate

Tags: Jarell Martin, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Ben Simmons Wins 2015 Naismith High School Player Of The Year

Mar 13, 2015 11:18 AM

Ben Simmons has won the 2015 Naismith Trophy Boy's High School Player of the Year.

Simmons averaged 28.0 points, 4.0 assists, 11.9 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.

Simmons has signed to play college basketball at LSU.

Simmons is a native of Australia.

Past winners of the award include Andrew Wiggins, Brandon Jennings, Greg Oden, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Dajuan Wagner and Kobe Bryant.

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Bobby Portis, Cauley-Stein, Towns Headline 2015 SEC Awards

Mar 10, 2015 1:23 PM

Bobby Portis of Arkansas has been named the 2015 SEC Player of the Year.

Joining Portis on the First Team All-SEC are Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns, LSU's Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin, Stefan Moody of Ole Miss, Josh Richardson of Tennessee, Danuel House of Texas A&M and Damian Jones of Vanderbilt.

On the Second Team All-SEC are Devin Booker, Dorian Finney-Smith, K.T. Harrell, Aaron Harrison, Jalen Jones, Michael Qualls, Levi Randolph, Craig Sword and Marcus Thornton.

Cauley-Stein won Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Towns was named Freshman of the Year.

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Ben Simmons Headlines Naismith High School POY Finalists

Feb 24, 2015 1:18 PM

The finalists for the Naismith Trophy Boy's High School Player of the Year have been announced.

Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown, Dwayne Bacon, Malik Newman and Allonzo Trier are the five finalists.

Simmons and Brown are currently ranked first and second on ESPN's Top 100 list, while Newman is fourth. Trier ranks 15th and Bacon is 20th.

Simmons, an Australian native, will attend LSU next season.

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Dwayne Bacon, Jaylen Brown, Malik Newman, Allonzo Trier, LSU Tigers, High School, NCAA

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