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.
Shaquille O’Neal’s 15-year-old Shareef O’Neal spent the summer playing on the 15U level and making some highlight-reel plays as a young high school player.
The 6-foot-8 Shareef is helped by some early height, but hopefully he can maintain some development over time as his last name will force some to carry high expectations no matter what he does.
Here’s a mixtape of O’Neal from Ball is Life.
On Tuesday morning, the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame committee announced its eight-person Class of 2014. Headlining the list of inductees are former Maryland head coach Gary Williams, LSU center Shaquille O’Neal and Grant Hill, a two-time national champion at Duke.
The Class of 2014 will officially been inducted on Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland in Kansas City, Mo.
Rounding out the class are players Zelmo Beaty (Prairie View A&M) and Darrell Griffith (Louisville), coach Dale Brown (LSU) along contributors Howard Garfinkel, who started Five-Star Basketball Camp and Glenn Wilkes, Sr., who coach at Stetson, but also directed clinics and camps and authored multiple books.
Williams had three coaching stops — American, Boston College and Ohio State — before returning to his alma mater in 1989. Williams retired in 2011, leading the Terrapins to back-to-back Final Four appearances, ending that run with a National Title in 2002. On Tuesday evening, Williams joined SportsNet Central on Comcast SportsNet to discuss his latest honor.
The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 2006. This will be the hall’s ninth.