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Simmons goes No. 1 to Sixers in NBA Draft

Ben Simmons was a consensus National Freshman of the Year at LSU. The 6-foot-10 forward is the ninth one-and-done prospect to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft since the rule was enacted in 2006.
Ben Simmons was a consensus National Freshman of the Year at LSU. The 6-foot-10 forward is the ninth one-and-done prospect to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft since the rule was enacted in 2006. AP

Ben Simmons of LSU was the No. 1 overall pick by Philadelphia during Thursday night’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Simmons played one season with the Tigers and was the consensus National Freshman of the Year.

He is the ninth one-and-done player to be selected No. 1 overall since the rule was enacted in 2006.

The 6-foot-10 All-American forward from Melbourne, Australia, averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game for the Tigers. He was one of only two freshmen in the country to average double figure rebounds.

He led all major conference players with 23 double-doubles on the year.

Simmons, who has superb ball-handling and passing skills, came to LSU as the No. 1 high school player in the nation out of Montverde Academy in Florida.

As a senior, he averaged 28 points, 11.9 rebounds and four assists for Montverde on the way to winning the Naismith National Boys Player of the Year, Gatorade National Male Basketball Player of the Year and the Morgan Wootten Awards.

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