David Anderson has been in the NBA and the Euroleauge for a decade. Aron Baynes was the 12th man on the Spurs. Joe Ingles (the "really crappy SF who plays in Israel") is one of the biggest players in Europe and has been close to jumping to the NBA, including the Pelicans, for the last 2 years. Cameron Bairstow averaged 22 points a game in the NCAA last year and was drafted in the 2nd round. Brad Newley has been playing for top European teams for five or six years now. Nathan Jawai is 300 pounds.
Those are the guys who are his competition. Anyone other than an LSU homer or a relative of Ben Simmons would take each of those guys with less than a second of thought over Ben Simmons in an international tournament right now.
I also believe Ben Simmons will be the top player in his high school class (admittedly, the worst class since 2005), and be the best freshman for LSU since at least Tyrus Thomas.
This post was edited on 7/27 at 8:40 pm