November 9, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers forward Jalen Courtney (3) and LSU Tigers head coach Johnny Jones celebrate getting possession of the ball during the second half against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. LSU defeated UC Santa Barbara 77-63. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Five-Star Recruit Ben Simmons Commits to LSU Tigers


LSU has not been overly impressive in basketball since Glen “Big Baby”  Davis was drafted in 2007. However, things are looking up for Tigers’ basketball. First LSU got the No. 54 recruit from the 2014 class, Elbert Robinson. The 7-1 giant should bring immediate improvement to the post play. The best news LSU basketball has received in a long time is the No. 4 recruit in the 2015 class Ben Simmons has just committed to LSU over Kentucky, Duke, and Kansas.

Simmons is a 6-foot-8, 190 pound small forward. Simmons is from Australia but currently plays at the Montverde Academy in Florida. He is extremely skilled and is already drawing comparisons to Tracy McGrady’s style of play.

He is a complete player who plays great defense. However, his biggest strength is his ability to create shots for himself and finish them. According to nbadraft.net, he doesn’t have many weaknesses but at times can be almost too unselfish with the ball.

LSU has many ties to Simmons. The greatest tie for the Tigers is that Simmons’ godfather is LSU assistant David Patrick. Patrick also played with Simmons’ father Dave Simmons in Australia.

Ben Simmons is already helping the Tigers even though he wont play until 2015. Simmons’ interest in LSU factored into his teammate, Jayln Patterson’s decision  to sign with the Tigers. Patterson is a three star point guard in the 2014 class.

Simmons coming to LSU over the power houses of college basketball could prove to be monumental for the recruiting of others. Simmons is extremely talented. If LSU can surround him with talent and convince him to stay for a couple years, the Tigers could become a dangerous force in college basketball.


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