From ESPN Sportscenter
LSU freshman Ben Simmons told ESPN that he will hire an agent and declare for the NBA draft.
The LSU Freshman averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists, but his Tigers finished 19-14 overall and missed the NCAA Tourney. The team opted out of playing in the NIT after getting routed in the season finale.
"We knew that there was a great possibility that Ben would only be at LSU for one season," LSU coach Johnny Jones said Monday. "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.
"Ben was a tremendous teammate and a great competitor," Jones said. "He brought a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm to our team and did an outstanding job of making those around him better. That's something that this team will benefit from as we go forward."
Simmons entered the season as the top freshman in the country and was the only player to average more than 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists this season.
According to numerous NBA executives, Simmons is expected to be taken first or second in the NBA draft on June 23.
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