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Tim Quarterman Leaves LSU For NBA Draft

Mar 28, 2016 1:10 PM

Tim Quarterman will declare for the 2016 NBA draft and hire an agent, leaving LSU after his junior season.

Quarterman, 21, could garner interest in the first round of the draft and is ranked as the No. 7 junior by The Vertical draft insider Jonathan Givony. 

Quarterman is a big point guard who averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists this past season.

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Ben Simmons Publicly Declares For 2016 NBA Draft

Mar 21, 2016 12:03 PM

Ben Simmons has publicly declared for the 2016 NBA Draft.

"I'm making it official," Simmons said late Sunday night.

Simmons is widely expected to be the first or second player selected in the draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported Simmons will sign with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.

In his lone season at LSU, Simmons averaged 19.2 points on 56 percent shooting to go with 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game.


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Ben Simmons Has Disappointed But Remains Atop Team's Boards

Mar 16, 2016 1:32 PM

Ben Simmons didn't have as strong of a freshman season as some expected, which has called into question whether he will be the top overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Chad Ford reached out to several general managers to see if Simmons has been replaced as the No. 1 player on the board.

"Too early to tell," said one GM.

"Hung jury inside our group," said another GM.

There were a few GMs who were adamant Simmons was the only player in this draft worthy of the top pick.

"Sure, I've been disappointed," one said. "We have some concerns about him. But if it's not Simmons, who is it? I don't feel like there's a strong No. 2 option in this draft. There's no obvious guy that is clearly ahead of him."

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Ben Simmons Compared To 'Taller Rondo, More Athletic Turner, Skinnier Royce White'

Mar 15, 2016 11:29 AM

Brandon Ingram is now ranked the No. 1 prospect in the 2016 NBA Draft class by Draft Express over Ben Simmons.

"Ingram is 14 months younger than Simmons, has a longer wingspan by four inches and a standing reach six and a half inches higher," writes Jonathan Givony. "Ingram is a better shooter – which is perhaps the most important skill in today’s NBA – and has shown a much better trajectory throughout the college season. The intel on Ingram as a teammate and competitor has been much stronger than Simmons’. Yes, Ingram has a much more frail frame now, but it’s easy to envision him filling out as he ages and matures."

Simmons has received criticism for his lack of competitiveness and also for producing hollow box scores.

"One NBA executive described him as a “taller Rajon Rondo, a more athletic Evan Turner, or a skinnier Royce White”," wrote Givony.

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Ben Simmons To Hire Klutch Sports As Agent

Mar 14, 2016 11:57 AM

Ben Simmons plans to hire Klutch Sports for his pro representation.

Rich Paul of Klutch Sports will serve as Simmons' agent.

Klutch Sports is backed by LeBron James.

Simmons' older sister, Emily Bush, has been a marketing/branding employee of Klutch since 2014. She is based in Scottsdale, Ariz. Her hiring came shortly after James and Paul started recruiting Simmons as a potential future client.

Simmons will train in either Cleveland or Los Angeles in the predraft process, league sources said.

Simmons has openly discussed James' involvement in his life, telling Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears in December: "I just get a lot of advice from him. He's like a big brother to me.

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Bilas: Ben Simmons' Season Might Mean More Elite Recruits 'Just Go To Kentucky'

Mar 7, 2016 6:05 PM

Jay Bilas believes the struggles of LSU this season will serve as a cautionary tale for high profile recruits like Ben Simmons.

“The funny part about this is it’s fair to ask of Ben Simmons, why doesn’t he win more? Why wasn’t he able to take his team to the NCAA Tournament? I don’t put all the blame on him, all the responsibility on him,” Bilas said, pointing out that Simmons is averaging over 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists, which are unprecedented numbers.

“I think some of what this is doing, if you want to call it the Ben Simmons bashing a little bit, some of what this is doing is really signaling to the next Ben Simmons-type talent, you know, go to Kentucky. Because then you don’t have to listen to people questioning your character and whether you’re a winner. They’re just going to talk about your talent and how good you are because winning isn’t going to be the issue.”

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Ben Simmons Doesn't Start Due To Academic Issue

Feb 21, 2016 11:49 AM

Ben Simmons did not start because "we had to address some academic stuff with him earlier in the week," according to head coach Johnny Jones.

"This is just one of the attention getters for him," Jones said. "We're hopeful that this will help get him focused and concentrated on what he should be doing."

Simmons played 36 points and had 21 points and nine rebounds to go with a season-high eight turnovers.

Simmons is projected to become one of the NBA's top picks in the 2016 draft.


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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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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.


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