Class of 2015: Ben Simmons – Player Profile

By Evan Caulfield on July 12, 2014

Class of 2015: Ben Simmons - Player Profile

LSU commit Ben Simmons is currently the No. 2 player in the class of 2015 according to ESPN, leading Montverde Academy to their second consecutive national championship this year and also earning the most valuable player award at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Virginia. Checkout his full player profile as we cover his biggest strengths and weaknesses.

  • Birthday: 07/01/96
  • Position: SF/PF
  • Height: 6’8″
  • Wingspan: 7’0″
  • Weight: 225
  • Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
  • School: Montverde Academy, FL
  • Draft Class: 2016
  • Statistics: 18.5 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.7 APG

 

  • Strengths
  • Uber athletic and quick combo forward that can score in a variety of ways, whether it’s attacking opponents in the paint or knocking down jumpers from mid to long range. He’s lethal in the open floor, constantly catching lobs and using his athleticism to finish over opponents fearlessly. Simmons already has a great frame, possessing a solid upper body and weighing 225 lbs, which indicates he’ll have no trouble playing either forward position once he competes at the collegiate level. One of the best facets of his game is that he’s considered a true leader, always playing with a high intensity and showing loads of maturity for a player of his age.

 

  • Weaknesses
  • Kind of a tweener, as he mainly plays the power forward position but lacks the necessary low post game to excel in the NBA. His average ball handling skills may make it difficult for him to play the small forward position as well, so it’s essential he figures out which forward spot best suites his game. Even though he’s capable of scoring points in bunches, he sometimes plays too passive, which raises concerns if he can handle the role as a go-to guy on offense.

 

NBA Comparison: Tobias Harris/Grant Hill

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