Ben Simmons
Team: LSU, Freshman
PhysicalsPositionsRankings Misc
H: 6' 10"
W: 239 lbs
Bday: 07/20/1996
(19 Years Old)
Current: SF/PF
Possible: SF/PF
Pick: 1 in 2016 Mock Draft
Rank 1 in Top 100 Prospects
Rank 1 in NCAA Freshmen
High School: Montverde Academy
Hometown: Fitzroy, Australia

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2015Official College Team6' 9"6' 10"2407' 0.25"9' 0.5"7.937.041.5
2015Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 9.5"2296' 11"NANANANA
2015Hoop SummitNA6' 10"2396' 11"8' 7"NANANA
2014Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 8"2250' 0"NANANANA
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2015Official College Team6' 9"6' 10"2407' 0.25"9' 0.5"7.937.041.5
2015Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 9.5"2296' 11"NANANANA
2015Hoop SummitNA6' 10"2396' 11"8' 7"NANANA
2014Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 8"2250' 0"NANANANA

Basic Per Game Statistics - Comprehensive Stats - Statistical Top 25s
2015/16NCAABen Simmons2334.619.46.812.056.76.811.956.
2015/16NCAABen Simmons2334.619.46.812.056.76.811.956.

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How Ben Simmons Compares to Past NBA Prospects
February 4, 2016

Breaking down the key elements of Ben Simmons' game and how each of those individual skills (not the players as a whole) compares to past NBA draftees.

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Ben Simmons vs Kentucky Video Analysis
January 6, 2016

Ben Simmons is arguably the most productive player in all of college basketball, averaging 22.4 points, 14.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists (59% 2P%) per-40 minutes, while posting a stellar 36.8 PER (2nd best in the NCAA).

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But LSU sported just an 8-5 record going into last night, with a non-conference strength of schedule ranked in the 300s according to KenPom, both of which leave a lot to be desired at this point in the season.

Last night LSU hosted one of the most talented teams in the NCAA in Kentucky, which prompted 25 NBA teams to send representatives to Baton Rouge to scout the game. LSU followed up their strong road win over Vanderbilt with another convincing effort, beating Kentucky by nearly 20 points, with Simmons scoring 14 points on just 5 shots in 27 minutes (to go along with 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 turnovers). While it would be foolish to draw too many long term conclusions off this contest alone, this is a very interesting matchup to analyze nonetheless due to the quality of athletes Kentucky has at their disposal to throw at him.

Via Mike Schmitz, here's a six minute, forty second video breakdown of some of the more notable things NBA scouts were able to see last night, both good and bad, on either end of the floor.

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Ben Simmons vs Henry Ellenson Head to Head Matchup Video Analysis
November 24, 2015

A detailed video analysis by Mike Schmitz of how LSU's Ben Simmons and Marquette's Henry Ellenson performed in their head to head matchup yesterday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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2015 LSU Combine Measurements and Analysis
October 13, 2015

Poked and prodded in numerous other settings, Ben Simmons measured very similarly here to how he has elsewhere, at 6'10 in shoes, with a 7'0 ¼ wingspan that is a little over an inch longer than previously reported elsewhere. He has added 11 pounds to his frame since the Nike Skills Academy in late June, and his 9-foot plus standing reach is also very solid if accurate.

Simmons also tested off the charts athletically, with a 41 ½ inch vertical, a lightning quick lane agility time, and what would be the all-time fastest ¾ court sprint number in the history of the DraftExpress database if LSU's testing results are to be believed.

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Top NBA Prospects in the SEC, Part 2: Ben Simmons Scouting Video
September 24, 2015

Mike Schmitz continues our coverage of the top NBA prospects in the SEC with a video scouting report of the #2 prospect in the conference, LSU's Ben Simmons.

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#2 Ben Simmons, Freshman, SF/PF, LSU



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Nike Academy Scouting Reports: College Power Forward/Center Prospects
July 6, 2015

Mike Schmitz

The LSU-bound freshman proved himself as the best NBA prospect at Nike Academy, further justifying his #2 spot on the DraftExpress 2016 Mock Draft.

Simmons is an extremely unique talent with an outstanding feel for the game and an ability to handle, pass, make plays with either hand, defend multiple positions and play above the rim in transition at 6' 9.5” 229 pounds.

Simmons made plays all over the floor and was far away the most talented passer in the gym day in and day out. With the ability to grab a rebound and run the break in transition, Simmons is nearly impossible to stop in the open court. His combination of strength and speed at that size makes him a matchup nightmare for opposing power forwards.

Simmons' success wasn't only limited to transition, however. He thrived as a point forward of sorts, handling the ball in pick and roll sets and dissecting the defense out of post isolations. He has elite court vision and uses different angles to deliver the ball on the money with either hand.

While he's best as a distributor, Simmons also does an outstanding job getting low to the ground on his perimeter drives as his combination of strength and a quick first step allows him to get all the way to the rim, where he's comfortable finishing with either hand.

Simmons can be prone to throwing up wild attempts at the rim and avoiding contact inside, however. While his passing instincts are tremendous, he does go for the home run play a bit too often at times.

The main area where Simmons still has quite a bit of room for growth is as a shooter. Although he does get solid rotation on the ball and has some natural touch, Simmons' shooting mechanics aren't ideal, as he sports a fairly slow windup and involved his ring and pinky finger too much on his release. The Aussie did knock down a couple of mid-rage jumpers and banked in a three, but his jumper still remains his biggest question mark moving forward.

Given his inconsistencies as a shooter at this stage of his development, Simmons is best as a playmaking power forward who would thrive in a system where he's able to handle the ball and create for his teammates.

Defensively, Simmons showed outstanding versatility, staying in front of quick perimeter players with relative ease. He's very mobile for his size and has the strength to battle on the interior as well. It's Simmons offensive talent that often has scouts and media members buzzing, but he really has a chance to be an excellent defender and two-way player. Simmons isn't overly tough and doesn't quite have elite length for a power forward, making him best defending the perimeter at this stage, but he certainly has the size and frame to develop into a better interior defender in time. Although he still has room to improve as a shooter, Simmons was by far the most intriguing talent at Nike Academy and will most certainly make a strong case for becoming the #1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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2015 Nike Hoop Summit Final Recap
April 11, 2015

Australian point forward Ben Simmons was the final piece to the puzzle for the World Team. The LSU-bound Simmons finished a rebound and assist shy of a triple double, posting a stat line of 13 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. He showed off his tremendous versatility and feel for the game that's unlike any other player in high school basketball.

Simmons did an excellent job moving the ball ahead in transition, finding shooters, bigs and cutters in the half court, and mixing some trademark behind the back passes in the open court. The Aussie lefty also showcased his tremendous ambidexterity with a couple of off-hand finishes in traffic. Simmons has room to improve as a shooter and as an overall scorer in the half court, and can do a better taking care of the ball (four turnovers), but overall his unique talent shined through as he played multiple positions and was a big factor in the World Team victory.

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2015 Nike Hoop Summit: International Practice: Day Five
April 10, 2015

Ben Simmons looked locked in from the opening tip, handling the ball very frequently, particularly in transition off defensive rebounds. He found the open man nicely for spot-up 3s, and also did quite a bit of scoring himself for the first time seemingly this week, attacking a closeout for a beautiful finger-roll floater, knocking down a corner 3-pointer, and hitting another floater in transition.

He was extremely aggressive with the ball—clearly something Roy Rana and the World Team wants to take advantage of due to his superb ball-handling and passing skills and how much they've struggled with guard play in the half-court—and was rewarded with fouls and free throws in turn. If this ultra-aggressive version of Simmons shows up tomorrow, the World Team will be in very good shape.

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2015 Nike Hoop Summit: International Practice: Day Four
April 9, 2015

It was very interesting to see the way Ben Simmons was utilized as the ball-handler in pick and roll situations in the half-court, as he's such a mismatch at his size at the small forward position, and has a tremendous feel for drawing the defense and then finding the open man. When he's focused on playing the right way and not trying to thread the needle with impossible behind the back bounce passes in transition for highlight reel plays, he's extremely impressive.

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2015 Nike Hoop Summit Video Interview: Ben Simmons
April 8, 2015

An interview with LSU commit Ben Simmons of the World Select Team at the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit.

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-International Practice Recap Days One and Two
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2015 Nike Hoop Summit: International Measurements
April 6, 2015

Ben Simmons
Height (w/ shoes): 6-10
Weight: 239
Wingspan: 6-11
Hand Width: 10
Hand Length: 9
Standing Reach: 8-7
Country: Australia

Simmons measured two inches taller here than he did this past summer at the Lebron James Skills Academy. This is our first look at his wingspan and standing reach measurements, which both appear to be slightly underwhelming for a NBA small forward, let alone a power forward. Simmons' standing reach in particular is clearly that of a small forward, and his overall measurements are similar to those of a taller Tobias Harris or Joffrey Lauvergne.

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Ben Simmons vs Ivan Rabb Video Analysis
December 18, 2014

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Emptying the Notebook: Elite International Prospects Scouting Reports
October 19, 2012

Jonathan Givony

-Solid size at 6-8 or possibly 6-9
-Great frame for his age. Very mature physically
-Smooth, fluid athlete
-Very good leaper
-Excellent in transition
-Finishes well around the basket
-Lefty who shows the ability to use both hands effectively
-Can make an occasional pull-up jumper
-Good potential defensively. Moves feet well. Can guard either forward position at junior level. Makes plays at the rim
-Team player. Makes the extra pass.

-Limited offensively in the half-court
-Average ball-handler
-Poor outside shooter
-Very unconventional shooting mechanics
-No post moves
-Somewhat passive at times

Outlook: Extremely young. Only 15 years old at the U17 World Championship. Skill-level still catching up. Able to dominate players his age using his superior strength and athleticism. A little bit stuck between forward positions at the moment. Needs to improve as a ball-handler and shooter to play as a small forward. Will likely play college basketball starting in 2015.


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