LSU began practice on Monday with one notable absence.
Ben Simmons, one of the nation’s top recruits and the potential first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, has suffered a minor ankle injury and is being listed as day-to-day, according to Sheldon Mickles of the Baton Rogue Advocate.
The Tigers do not open the season until Nov. 13 when they host McNeese State, plenty of time to recover from a sore ankle.
Simmons has already suited up for LSU, averaging 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 3.6 steals and 2.2 blocks per game during the team’s foreign tour of Australia back in August.
LSU football and Leonard Fournette are off to a strong start this fall, but the beginning of October also means that college hoops is right around the corner. If you’re a Tigers basketball fan, you also have plenty to be excited about on the hardwood this season with the arrival of a loaded freshman class headlined by forward Ben Simmons.
While the versatile Simmons has solidified a spot in the starting lineup for next season, it’ll be interesting to see how head coach Johnny Jones uses the rest of his talented freshmen. In a story from Sheldon Mickles of the New Orleans Advocate, he looks into some potential LSU starting lineups.
Freshman guard Antonio Blakeney, a McDonald’s All-American with Simmons, is also expected to start, but does another talented freshman guard, Brandon Sampson get a shot to start? And what of Arizona transfer Craig Victor when he’s eligible to play in December?
Mickles believes the early favorite for starting lineup is guards Tim Quarterman, Keith Hornsby, Blakeney, Simmons and center Darcy Malone. When Victor returns, Mickles said Victor could push Simmons into the “center” position, which would be a matchup nightmare on the opposition because Simmons would be very tough for many college centers to defend.
Sampson also gets a mention from Mickles of having the potential to start down the line. Overall, a good problem to have for Jones and he’ll have to experiment to see which lineups are giving him the most. Having a productive starting five is nice, but I’m sure Jones would love to find the five players he wants to close with.
The hype surrounding LSU this preseason is immense, thanks in large part to the addition of freshman forward Ben Simmons, who many believe is the best newcomer in the country.
The 6-foot-10 native of Australia got a chance to meet with former LSU legend Shaquille O’Neal on Friday night, as Shaq is in town this weekend for the big Auburn/LSU football game.
While there isn’t much to gain from a simple photo of two really good basketball players in a college locker room, Simmons does look pretty tall standing next to the 7-foot-2 O’Neal, especially considering Simmons is in socks and Shaq has shoes on.
Also, props to Simmons for the “CANNN YOU DIGGG IT!!!!” caption.