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LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons is ineligible for the John Wooden Award due to academic-related reasons, according to ESPN.
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"From what I was told, he didn't meet all of the requirements," Tigers coach Johnny Jones told ESPN. "He wasn't certified by the school to be on the ballot."

LSU spokesman Kent Lowe confirmed to ESPN that Simmons "did not have the necessary criteria to be eligible."
Simmons was on the Watch list for the award in February along with 20 other players. He is averaging 19.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists on the season.
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TigerFan5555599 months
what good is 100$ million shoe deal if your too stupid to know when someone will con you out of all of it.
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TabasgeauxHD99 months
I hate Ben Simmons as a player. He is just lazy and over hyped and this article proved that. However, I don't know what I would do if I was put in his position. This is an 18 year old kid who has already been guaranteed a $100 million contract by one of the biggest shoe brands in the world. It has to be tough for him.
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deathvalleyrox2799 months
nice job Ben - would never pick u as a GM knowing that work effort
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STRIPES99 months
Lazy is a charcter trait and will manifest itself in everything he does. Simmons is one of the most overrated players zi have ever seen. His laziness off the court is visible to many of us now just as we have been saying all along. This simply is not a surprise because if Simmons is lazy on the court where supposedly it does matter why wouldn't he be lazy in other aspects of his life such as academicly.
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Sid in Lakeshore99 months
Prove you wrong? Jones sucks as a coach. Simmons is lazy as crap, must have stopped going to class after Christmas. It really does not matter to him, he doesn't need college to play in the NBA and sign shoe deals. He will need it one day though. Life is tough enough. it's much tougher when you are stupid. Wasting a free opportunity to learn is stupid, period.
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33inNC99 months
Yep, Simmons is lazy, but Coach JJ has proven that he is the biggest problem in this program. Why blame individual players when the problem is the leadership? The players needs to be held accountable and the coach is obviously is not the man for the job.
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33inNC99 months
I love the downvotes and snide comments. Ben does deserve some blame, but this falls squarely on the coaching staff. How can any of you argue in favor of Coach JJ when he has squandered so much talent? Maybe it is a symptom of what is wrong with college basketball in general, but it speaks volumes to me that other programs seem to keep their one and dones clean for a year and this clown can't even do that. Prove me wrong.
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GaTiger2799 months
I don't think he would've won it anyways. Buddy Hield has it locked up right now.
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km99 months
Scores a zero on desire and effort. What a surprise.
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Bige1199 months
Kentucky has won nattys with one and done kids. Bottom line is this coaching staff has failed. I don't like the rule either, but let's not pretend the rule is the reason this year has been such a failure, and Simmons isn't national player of the year.
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LSU_postman99 months
Guy it's ok, Obama said he didn't have to worry about it on national tv, who the hell goes to class when the POTUS gives you a shout out ?
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Dignan99 months
Did you really just blame Obama for Simmons not being academically eligible to win the a Wooden award?
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Dr. Morgus99 months
Can't make a 2.0 with free tutoring? That's sad....
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Tiger in Carolina100 months
I'm fine with one and done as it's the current rule, it will change. What a sad reflection on Ben, on LSU, and for other kids busting it to get their degree via scholarship. Jones too has to take accountability.
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TexasTiger89100 months
$100m shoe deal. Don't care.
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broadcaster100 months
You can put this on the coach,the coach knows what his player is doing.he should've sat for five or six games instead of four minutes in the first quarter. No matter if you're the number one pick in the draft or not you're still a student
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Pedro99 months
Simmons being lazy has nothing to do with Johnny jones. I know first hand as an athlete that it's not difficult at all to make the grades to stay on the university's good side. You just have to not be lazy as shite and stay on top of things.
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Ragin' Tiger100 months
How hard is it, as an athlete, to maintain grades and remain eligible? This is pathetic.
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SaintsSBXLIV100 months
The Brad Wing of Basketball
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SaintsSBXLIV100 months
The Brad Wing of Basketball
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Walt OReilly100 months
Embarrassing Ben.
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themunch100 months
"can't blame this on the kid." Wut?
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33inNC100 months
Jonny Jones is a joke of a coach, can't blame this on the kid.
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Sebastian99 months
Then your a moron. He has flunking grades that is on him not the coach.
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