Ben Simmons is well aware that it’s not proper etiquette to answer a question with a question, but this particular question prompted an immediate “eye-squint/c’mon” reaction.
After he graduates from Montverde (Montverde, Fla.); is Simmons going to opt for a year overseas rather than heading to LSU where he committed last October?
“Where do people get this stuff?” Simmons said with a laugh. “I read that rumor a lot, and let me say once and for all that it’s not true. I just don’t know where they get it from.”
In July, Emmanuel Mudiay, a point guard who some believe could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, opted to play in China instead of heading to SMU where he was signed.
Simmons has only played in the U.S. since April of last year. He’s originally from Melbourne, Australia.
Still, Simmons said even when he’s reaching he can’t understand the correlation.
“Everyone is different,” said Simmons, the top overall player in the ESPN 100 who has led Montverde to back-to-back national titles. “It’s funny reading this story about me going back overseas after high school. They are so sure that it’s true, but they have no idea. I even read the other day that I was going to a different college!”
It’s true; the social media rumor mill churns out news about Simmons, who most reputable NBA Draft projection sites consider a top three pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, heading almost everywhere but Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“People are still shocked that I didn’t pick a school like Kentucky or Duke,” Simmons said. “They’re all great schools, but I picked the best school for me. It’s all in what you make it when you get there, and I loved everything about LSU. No overseas, no going to another college; I’ll be going to LSU after I leave Montverde, 100 percent.”
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