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Old 03-04-2015, 05:49 AM   #1
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Default Ben Simmons: The Australian All-American

Ben Simmons' illustrious high school career is coming to an end.

PnR's Olgun Uluc caught up with Simmons in Chicago this week to talk about the McDonald’s All American game, Montverde Academy, his aspirations for LSU, and lastly, his future with the Australian national team.

http://pickandroll.com.au/ben-simmon...nalds-feature/
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Old 18-11-2015, 01:43 PM   #2
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If you like Ben Simmons down under, be glad to note that ESPN on FOXTEL will show many of his LSU games this season!
http://www.theroar.com.au/2015/11/18...ketball-games/

Great article from the current ESPN the Magazine issue about Ben Simmons' grounded Aussie nature from Melbourne, the recruiting to Baton Rouge, and how he's managing the hype as, in Shaq's words, "the man now, not me". The Tigers never witnessed this type of hype if not more so since the Big Aristotle and even Pete Maravich, Chris Jackson (Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf), and Stanley Roberts:
http://espn.go.com/mens-college-bask...ns-arrived-lsu
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Old 18-11-2015, 03:06 PM   #3
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If you like Ben Simmons down under, be glad to note that ESPN on FOXTEL will show many of his LSU games this season!
Yep - heaps of the games! Love it!
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Old 07-01-2016, 11:22 AM   #4
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Ben had a rough start but pulled it together last night with a double double for LSU against Kentucky, another famed SEC team o course that has a highly-touted NBA-caliber freshman to in Haiti's Skal Labrassiere.

In interviews I listen to on him, I could barely hear a faint trace of an Australian accent from Ben. He speaks far more American. The Aussie accent's more pronounced in his fellow Melbournite friend Dante Exum, who of course never played NCAA ball. But Ben's been in the USA where he's there far more extensively than Dante had at Simmons' point. So his accent likely changed significantly then.
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Old 19-02-2016, 12:03 PM   #5
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LSU's seriously a bubble team as far as the NCAA tournament goes. According to Joe Lunardi's Bracketology over at ESPN, he's got LSU as a #11 seed. So they're likely in if they can seriously get a move on from here on out. Could get very heated over his team's selection:
http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebaske...tion-committee

Plus there's that finger injury Ben's stricken on his shooting hand:
http://espn.go.com/mens-college-bask...injured-finger
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Old 21-02-2016, 01:45 PM   #6
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http://espn.go.com/mens-college-bask...see-volunteers

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Old 07-03-2016, 08:35 AM   #7
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No Wooden Award for Ben because the school failed to certify him--and I think like many it's about the academics (more on that later). Doesn't matter, he's turning pro anyway soon:
http://espn.go.com/mens-college-bask...e-wooden-award
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Old 10-03-2016, 11:42 AM   #8
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If there's a time to get LSU into the NCAA Tournament and for Ben Simmons to enhance his basketball stock in this disappointing season, the SEC Tournament is it. Let's face it though: the Tigers would be even worse if weren't for Ben.

He's now in the SEC Coaches' All-SEC First Team and is the fourth LSU Tiger to be the SEC Freshman of the Year. And is also the USA Today Freshman of the Year:
http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle...CLID=210783388
http://www.lsusports.net/ViewArticle...CLID=210783189

Did make the Boomers' extended 26-man Rio 2016 Olympic training camp roster:
http://www.basketball.net.au/basketb...olympic-squad/
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Old 24-03-2016, 12:08 PM   #9
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No NCAA or NIT for Ben and LSU we all obviously know. Season was just disappointing. Ben was great but team was not quite up to snuff.

We all know this is happening even before set foot in Baton Rouge, didn't we?
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15...nter-nba-draft

Now he signs with LeBron's agency. Is Nike going to snatch him for a shoe deal next? Looks like it:
http://sneakernews.com/2016/03/23/be...-is-nike-next/
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/basketba...24-gnq5ik.html

Oh, I hope Phoenix gets the #1 overall pick in the lottery for the first time to get him to make all this suffering and losing right now worth it.
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Old 14-05-2016, 02:35 AM   #10
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Ben's the latest Slam magazine issue cover boy!
http://www.slamonline.com/the-magazi...ns-slam-cover/

Go ahead and read Ben's cover story:
http://www.slamonline.com/summer-sixteen/
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Old 19-05-2016, 10:43 AM   #11
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Why??!! Far better Phila than them. Hope the Sixers take him first:
http://thesportsdaily.com/ben-simmon...big-shoe-deal/
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Old 22-06-2016, 08:50 AM   #12
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Just days away from his name being called by Adam Silver. Ben will officially join the growing Antipodean NBA Draft contingent with Bogut, Exum, Adams, Luc, Anstey, Mills, Andersen, Jawai, Marks, Bairstow, and even Kyrie (Drewy, Bradtke, Delly, Ingles, Penney, Baynes, The Hammer, and Schenscher are the undrafted ones):
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16...ia-new-zealand

Philly has told him he'll selected #1. Much better there than the one drafting next:
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ba...172303219.html

Did you see HOW MUCH Ben Simmons is going get just from his Nike endorsement?
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/kicks-f...003128874.html

And he's in a brand new Foot Locker commercial, now seemingly a NBA Draft tradition with them, with fellow Nike mates Karl-Anthony Townes, Devin Booker, and D’Angelo Russell where Russell pokes fun of the video leakage as part of Ben asking about how to prepare for NBA life. This just hit!
http://www.slamonline.com/media/slam...HoViZ7cvOmm.97

Don't forget Thom though with all the mystery even more so than Dante Exum. He'll surely join Ben:
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/16...l-path-pay-off
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Old 09-09-2016, 11:38 AM   #13
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Showtime here Stateside plans to show a feature documentary on Philadelphia's Ben Simmons from his life's journey from Melbourne, Victoria to LSU in Baton Rouge to now Philadelphia's #1 lottery pick. This is rather unrelated from the Showtime Australia, though I'm aware at the latter pays a licence fee for the use of the name and trademark. Called One & Done, Showtime premieres this on October 21. Surely it'll make its way to Australia VERY SOON:
http://deadline.com/2016/08/ben-simm...ft-1201776740/

Did you spot him in a NBA2K17 screenshot?
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Old 13-09-2016, 08:38 AM   #14
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Showtime/ShoSports' One & Done Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id6g_-9xcbw

What Ben Simmons looks like (quite well) in NBA 2K17. Wish it was in the red uniform:
http://www.operationsports.com/media...reenshot-39271
http://www.operationsports.com/media...reenshot-39135
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Old 18-10-2016, 10:28 AM   #15
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We're only days away from Showtime's Ben Simmons documentary. But to whet the Aussie basketball appetite for him as we wait for his now-delayed regular season debut with Philadelphia (I'll get to his injury next post), he' starring in a new Beats By Dre wireless Headphones TV commercial with Michael Phelps (didn't he used to be formerly with Skullcandy?), Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, Rebel Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Mesut Ozil, Pharell Williams, Young M.A., and Amber Rose among other people that's a Pinnochio-inspired Got No Strings:
http://www.slamonline.com/media/slam...RxCg8HTQVAF.97
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Old 26-10-2016, 11:53 AM   #16
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Fuller trailer to Ben Simmons' One and Done Showtime doc to preoccupy us until his now-delayed NBA rookie debut with Philadelphia actually happens. That itself is now delayed until November 4 in the US:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz2Fum6uj4c
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:23 AM   #17
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Ben certainly is not alone with his disgust about the "fucked up" NCAA makes money off the backs of college athletes like him, as noted in the Showtime documentary clip and discussed by Rachel Nichols, Tracey McGrady, and Stephen Jackson on ESPN's The Jump and The Turn, The Young Turks Sports, Skip and Shannon Undisputed. Sometimes it takes an outsider to show how what a wreck this amateur sham is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGMikYXaPkw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fPRh_QsRnE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2qybIiNiQA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v64iCMp6AUM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgtFBi1iYf4
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Old 27-02-2017, 07:05 AM   #18
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Ben's not playing this season with his foot not healing as well as it should. Too bad. You probably know this already. Maybe it's for the best like with Joel Embiid. But it shouldn't end like him with 2 seasons deferred. Besides, there's only 26 games left:
http://www.si.com/nba/2017/02/24/six...ry-season-over
http://www.sbnation.com/2017/2/24/14...ie-joel-embiid
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/its-off...162000893.html
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...th-foot-injury
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/...ly_healed.html
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