No. 1 hooper Ben Simmons talks new position, big matchup, new teammates and more

No. 1 hooper Ben Simmons talks new position, big matchup, new teammates and more

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No. 1 hooper Ben Simmons talks new position, big matchup, new teammates and more

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Ben Simmons, the No. 1 player in the ESPN 100, played his first high school game in the U.S. in April 2013; he’s never lost since. Simmons, a 6-foot-10 combo forward who hails from Melbourne, Australia, helped Montverde (Montverde, Fla.) win back-to-back national titles and dominated the AAU scene this past summer. Simmons, an LSU commit, has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from his intimate thoughts to his everyday life in a blog.

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G’day everybody!

I’m back with my first blog since the season started in my senior year!

So far we’re looking really good; it’s kinda weird adjusting to a whole new team though. People assume just because we get a group of great players at Montverde that we’ll automatically blow teams out, but when you come here you’ve got to learn the small details that Coach (Kevin) Boyle puts in. It’s hard because he’s a really demanding coach, but he always gets the best out of us.

We picked up Ty (Graves) and Blake (Harris) and I’m excited about having both of them on the team. I think they’ll definitely help us a lot. Practices are really competitive and we’ve got great players pushing each other and that can only translate into success. I think they’ll help us pushing the ball up the court and getting into our sets even quicker. They’ll do a lot of things for us; those are two big pickups.

It’s an adjustment for them coming to Montverde because it’s tough to go out every night and have to mentally prepare for getting everyone’s best shot, but they’re catching on fast.

I’m really liking my new role playing more of a point-forward position. I feel like no one’s really seen me play until now and I still don’t think they’re seeing everything just yet. I just hadn’t had the chance to show everyone yet because my team needed me to play a different role and I’m always gonna put the team first. Now, I’m getting to show everyone what I can do. I don’t feel like I have a particular position; it’s all about how the defense plays me. It’s a lot more pressure, but I prefer it that way. I feel like I’m becoming a better scorer now.

Of course everyone knows we’ve got a big game against Bishop O’Dowd and Ivan Rabb Friday on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m. (EST), and I know everyone will make a big thing about us playing against each other because he’s No. 5 in the class and all that, but I’m just worried about winning the game.

I know it’ll be a good test for us and that, honestly, excites me because I love competition. I’m looking forward to it!

I’m definitely happy to officially be a member of the LSU family now that I’m signed. It feels great to have all of that out of the way!

School is going great for me.

We started a program where we visit the classrooms of first and second graders and hangout for about an hour or so. It’s cool to give back; I’ve really enjoyed hanging with the kids.

My routine at night is a lot different from it was last year now that my mom and dad moved here from Australia. It’s just cool to be able to see them every night and talk to them about whatever I have going on. It’s definitely making my senior year that much better to have them here.

OK everybody, I’ve gotta get ready to get out of here, but I want to thank you for reading and definitely check back because I’ll be back with my next entry soon.

Don’t forget to follow Ben Simmons on Twitter: @BenSimmons25

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