Australian phenom basketball player adjusts pronunciations.
Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) forward Ben Simmons may be considered one of, if not the top player in the 2015 class with college coaches lined up waiting to officially make contact him on June 15, per NCAA rules.
Still, that clout hasn’t kept his teammates from making fun of his deep Australian accent any chance they get.
“They’re always laughing at the way I talk,” Simmons said with a laugh. “They always want me to repeat the way I say certain words.”
Specifically the word “basketball.”
Simmons, who arrived at Montverde in January from Melbourne, Australia, said that he got so tired of repeating his B-OS-KET-B-ALL pronunciation that he’s now adopted the “American way to say it.”
“I say B-AS-KET-BALL now,” Simmons said. “I pronounce the ‘A’ more now. Things are a lot easier when I say it like them.”
Simmons played his first games in the U.S. during the ESPN National High School Invitational earlier this month. He averaged 12 points and seven rebounds to help the Eagles win their first NHSI title.
“I don’t think they’ve even noticed that I changed the way I say ‘basketball,” Simmons said with a laugh. “I have noticed they don’t joke about it as much now though. So that’s good.”
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