By and large, Ben Simmons is as easygoing as 18 year olds come.
He’s more than content grinding in school then in the gym until he’s worked up an appetite big enough to scarf down a double portion of his mother’s famous steak and Caesar salad.
“Oh that’s a must,” Simmons said. “I’m pretty laid back either way.”
There are, however, things that “irk” him; marginal players who trash-talk him during games, baseless rumors and seeing a timeline full of players retweeting fans stating everything from why said player is greater than Michael Jordan to why their highlight tape could end world hunger.
“I just feel like when you retweet a bunch of comments talking about how great you are, you’re believing your own hype,” said Simmons, a senior forward at Montverde (Montverde, Fla.). “That’s just not me; it’s like talking about myself.”
And, technically, he could.
Simmons has played at Montverde since April of 2013 and since then he’s never lost a high school game. He’s the top ranked player in the ESPN 100 and projected as the No. 1 or 2 pick in 2016, depending on which reputable NBA Draft board you fancy.
Still, Simmons said he never feels the urge to remind his thousands of followers what the people are saying about his infinite greatness.
“Not knocking anyone that does that,” Simmons said. “I just think there’s a better way to acknowledge your fans or followers than retweeting them saying you’re the greatest.”
Simmons’ social media “shout-out” methodology?
“Favorite it!” Simmons said matter-of-factly. “That’s the way to go; favorite the tweet then you’re saying thanks to whoever shouted you out but it’s more between you and that person. You don’t have to show the rest of the world. I just think that sends a better message all the way around. Just favorite it.”
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