The LSU Tigers are going to be an intriguing team to watch in the future, as Ben Simmons—one of the top talents in the Class of 2015—is taking his talents to Baton Rouge.
Simmons, an Australian forward, announced his decision to join the Tigers via Twitter on Monday morning:
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, the potential superstar understands that people will second-guess his decision to attend LSU over more traditional powerhouses like Kentucky, Kansas and Duke—schools that heavily recruited the 17-year-old.
"I know a lot of people will be struck by me deciding to go to LSU, but that's where I felt most comfortable. I feel I can progress a lot there, and I feel blessed to have offers from all those schools."
Goodman noted that Simmons had strong ties to the Tigers program, as his father—Dave Simmons—played professionally in Australia with LSU assistant David Patrick, who also happens to be the younger Simmons’ godfather.
The forward thanked all the programs that recruited him, but noted to Goodman that he felt the most at home in Baton Rouge.
"I am extremely thankful to all the programs who recruited me. But I really felt comfortable with all the support I will have at LSU."
Simmons is regarded as the top small forward prospect in the nation and is listed at No. 6 overall on 247Sports’ composite rankings. At 6’8”, 190 pounds, the 5-star recruit is capable of playing both forward positions and will provide plenty of versatility in the Tigers’ frontcourt.
He’s been shining at Montverde Academy in Florida and should have no problem developing his game at LSU under head coach Johnny Jones.
Simmons' presence should help the program bring in more top recruits and allow the Tigers to field a competitive team that may be capable of making a March Madness run in the near future.