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SNY.tv Basketball writer Adam Zagoria is reporting that LSU freshman Ben Simmons has withdrawn from school and has moved to Phoenix to prepare for the NBA Draft:

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The 2016 NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 23rd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Simmons is expected to be drafted No. 1 or No. 2 overall.
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ShlikStyck95 months
It did cost a trip to the tourney. I truly he already backed out, had his agent, and would not had played postseason anyway...
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Pectus95 months
Why don't you guys get mad when football players do the same thing?
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ConnorJB3495 months
My least favorite lsu player of all time... thanks for not even giving a d*** about lsu basketball and throwing the season out the window. Most overrated basketball player I've ever seen and I don't get how he was for sure going to be the number one overall pick especially after seeing that garbage season. He should've gotten us in the tourney if he was supposedly the best player in the nation.. Maybe if he could actually take over a game for once, make free throws, not turn it over almost every time driving to the goal, make jump shots, OR not get so passive and flashy with the passes.
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ElderTiger95 months
Was he ever in school ?
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atltiger648795 months
"Do you know of a single freshman who intends to declare for the NBA draft who takes the time to finish their bullshite classes and not start prepping for the biggest moment of their young life?" I was under the impression that many/most players finish out the semester. Otherwise, it's a negative hit on the school's APR, and since most players, you know, actually give a shite about their school, they finish out the semester.
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czarcasm7695 months
It sounded like he'd already withdrawn from school unofficially, so now it's official. Cool.
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TWT95 months
JJ, Ben needs you to go with him. Your knowledge of the game could really help him in the NBA.
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DVinBR95 months
I really do hope buddy hield is drafted before him, or at least someone with a leadership and character personality
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lsuson95 months
He didn't care, why should we??
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dred2495 months
Thanks for the memories....
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ULSU95 months
Thanks for the hit on our APR, maybe it'll cost us yet another trips to the tourny
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LSU Tiger Eyes95 months
Did the door hit him on the way out?
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Godfather195 months
Well...bye.
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BTRDD95 months
He came to LSU to be a basketball player, not a LSU basketball player.
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rlebl3995 months
And as long as the system is set up the way it is right now, IMO there isn't anything wrong with that. Yeah it sucks as a fan because you want the players to have the same school pride you have, but with the one and done bull crap going on now it's just the nature of the beast.
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GeeOH95 months
Was he ever IN school other than on papaer?
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saint tiger22595 months
I don't believe. NCAA basketball needs to take a page from baseball's book and it's either straight out of high school or 2-3 years of college. The way it's setup now isn't fair for the players or the colleges.
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Lake Vegas Tiger95 months
Why is this news?
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lsuhunt55595 months
Again, not a single frick was given.
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NASA_ISS_Tiger95 months
I know I'm probably gonna get my head bit off for this comment but...I wish there was some mechanism for schools to recover the money that was spent on him for his scholarship since he didn't finish school. Unless there already is a mechanism for that.
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GeorgeTheGreek95 months
Yeah there is... you get that scholarship back for the next year.
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Black n Gold95 months
Isn't is considered a form of fraud to get a student grant and not show up to any classes? If not, it should be. Taking money out of taxpayers' pockets and limiting the ability of other kids to get a college education because he was suppose to be good at basketball.
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rlebl3995 months
LSU made money on him in his time he was here through ticket, concession, and merchandise sales at basketball games. Did you not see all the promotions he was featured in and the huge jump in season ticket sales this season?
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Shalimar Sid95 months
Wasted scholarship.
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Matisyeezy95 months
That explains why LSU opted out of the NIT.
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