NBA scouts are having a busy day at the office as they are on the lookout for potential NBA players– superstars, stars or role players– that are available for the draft with the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 round kicking off this week.
Ben Simmons of LSU has already announced that he will be available for the NBA Draft, now scouts have to look into other potential pool of talents who could very well challenge Simmons to being the number one pick.
In a report on ESPN, Simmons, who is a freshman at LSU, officially announced that he is looking at hiring and agent who will work with his chances of getting drafted– although with his potential, it’s already a sure thing considering the hype and talent of the Australian.
The six-foot-ten Simmons is being considered by many as a potential number one draft as he led the LSU Tigers in scoring, rebounds and assists. This, despite the Tiger missing out on a ticket to the NCAA Tournament. LSU coach Johnny Jones is confident that his player would be drafted by an NBA team and believes that Simmons has what it takes to play in the big league.
“We knew that there was a great possibility that Ben would only be at LSU for one season. And if you are going to have a guy to do that, Ben was the perfect one because of how much of a team player he is. We are happy about the development that transpired during his time here and think he will continue to make great strides as he transitions into the NBA,” Jones said.
AOL reports that NBA scouts have narrowed their search as the NCAA Tournament progresses. Among those being closely monitored are Melo Trimble of Maryland; Grayson Allen of Duke; Thomas Bryant of Indiana; Brice Johnson of North Carolina; Domantas Sabonis of Gonzaga; Diamond Stone of Maryland; Buddy Hield of Oklahoma; and Brandon Ingram of Duke.
Though Simmons has shown his skills, the point still remains that he failed to lead his team to a dance in the NCAA Tournament. Scouts will have to compare notes if Simmons deserves to the number one pick in the coming draft or will it be among those who have shown leadership in leading their respective squads to the Sweet 16.
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