Future #1(?) Draft Pick Ben Simmons Drops 22 & 10 in LSU Debut, 26 IN 2nd Game
Before playing a minute with the LSU Tigers, the former #1 ranked high school player in the nation, Ben Simmons, was already being labeled by some as the #1 pick in next year’s NBA draft. On Saturday, Simmons made his LSU debut in an overseas exhibition game in Australia against a New Castle All-Star team and showed why he has that label.
Simmons had 22 points, 10 rebounds & 3 blocks as the Tigers came back from a double digit deficit to win 89-75. The Tigers also got 16 from fellow freshman phenom Antonio Blakeney.
“It was amazing,” Simmons said after the game. “The last time I was here (at Newcastle Stadium) I was real young and I couldn’t dunk and do the things I do now. It’s really fun and it was great seeing familiar faces here. The people watching me stretch was crazy to me. It was a great feeling. An unbelievable experience.”
In the 2nd game of the “Tour Down Under” against the Sydney Kings, Simmons had 26 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block but LSU lost 95-97.