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(AP)

The Philadelphia 76ers announced Tuesday that forward Ben Simmons underwent successful surgery to repair an acute Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. Simmons, the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft out of LSU, suffered the injury when he rolled his ankle after landing on the foot of another player during a 76ers team scrimmage on September 30, 2016.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley, Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon and Fellowship Director of the Foot and Ankle Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Simmons' rehabilitation will fall under the supervision of Sixers Director of Performance Research and Development Dr. David T. Martin. 

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Jun 24, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers number one overall draft pick Ben Simmons (25) and number twenty-fourth overall draft pick Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (20) pose for a photo with President Of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo (L) and owner Josh Harris (R) at the Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 24, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers number one overall draft pick Ben Simmons (25) and number twenty-fourth overall draft pick Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (20) pose for a photo with President Of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo (L) and owner Josh Harris (R) at the Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

PHILADELPHIA -- With tanking behind them, the Philadelphia 76ers have officially kicked off the Ben Simmons Era.

One day after he was chosen with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, Simmons and the Sixers' No. 24 pick, Timothe Luwawu, were introduced at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on Friday afternoon.

Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo sat in between the team's two top draft picks and proclaimed the day a catalyst of change for a franchise looking to climb from the depths of the NBA.

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 (Jerry Lai)
(Jerry Lai)

NEW YORK - There may have been drama at the NBA Draft regarding who would go at No. 3, but there was none at the very top.

As expected, LSU freshman sensation Ben Simmons was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, while Duke freshman wing Brandon Ingram went No. 2 to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Simmons going No. 1 makes it seven years in a row that a one-and-done college star was selected first overall (John Wall, 2010; Kyrie Irving, 2011; Anthony Davis, 2012; Anthony Bennett, 2013; Andrew Wiggins, 2014; Karl-Anthony Towns, 2015). Simmons joins Irving and Andrew Bogut as the only Australian players ever selected first overall.

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(Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- Only one coach in America has mentored more No. 1 NBA Draft picks in the last seven years than Kevin Boyle.

That would be Kentucky coach John Calipari, who has coached three of the past six No. 1 picks: Karl-Anthony Towns (2015), Anthony Davis (2012) and John Wall (2010).

But when Ben Simmons goes No. 1 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night, he will become the second No. 1 pick coached by Boyle since 2011 when former Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick's and Duke star Kyrie Irving went No. 1 overall. (Irving, of course, helped the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA championship on Sunday night.)

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Jan 5, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) shoots over Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) during the first half of a game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Jan 5, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) shoots over Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) during the first half of a game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

In preparation for his expected arrival as the savior in Philadelphia, Ben Simmons got a cheesesteak from Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night.

"This is from Dalessandro's, this is in North Philly," Fallon told Simmons, who was reportedly told that the Sixers will select him at No. 1.

"I could live in Philly," Simmons said afte taking a bite of the steak.

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 (Derick E. Hingle)
(Derick E. Hingle)

The Philadelphia 76ers have informed Ben Simmons that they will select him with the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, according to multiple reports.

Two days before the Draft, the 6-foot-10 Australian worked out for the Sixers on Tuesday.

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 (Derick E. Hingle)
(Derick E. Hingle)

With the NBA Draft now less than a week away, the Philadelphia 76ers met face-to-face with projected No. 1 pick Ben Simmons ahead of Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Simmons, a 6-foot-10 forward who averaged 19.2 points and 11.8 rebounds at LSU last season, is expected to be the top pick in the draft by the Sixers, according to several mock drafts.

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Malachi Richardson and Cheick Diallo are among the players to move up on the latest Draft Express Mock Draft released Monday.

The 6-foot-6 Richardson, who left Syracuse after his freshman season, is up to No. 16 to the Boston Celtics, while the 6-9 Diallo, who departed Kansas after one season, is now at No. 19 to the Denver Nuggets. Richardson was projected at No. 31 and Diallo at 23 before Monday.


LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today Sports Images)
LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today Sports Images)

Top draft prospect Ben Simmons does not plan on working out with the Philadelphia 76ers, who hold the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Philadelphia GM Bryan Colangelo told NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks.

Simmons, a 6-foot-10 forward who averaged 19.2 points and 11.8 rebounds at LSU last season, is expected to be the top pick in the draft, according to several mock drafts.

"He would very much like to be selected No. 1," Colangelo said of Simmons. "We heard the same thing from (Duke forward) Brandon (Ingram) today."

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Jan 5, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) shoots over Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) during the first half of a game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)
Jan 5, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) shoots over Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) during the first half of a game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports (Derick E. Hingle)

Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram and Marquese Chriss are projected to go 1-2-3 in the latest Draft Express Mock Draft released Wednesday.

The site has the Philadelphia 76ers taking the 6-foot-10 Simmons out of LSU at No. 1, the L.A. Lakers selecting the 6-9 Ingram out of Duke at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics choosing the 6-10 Chriss from Washington with one of their many picks at No. 3.

For much of the latter half of the college season the site had Ingram at No. 1 and Simmons at No. 2, while Chriss made huge leap in recent weeks.

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 (Derick E. Hingle)
(Derick E. Hingle)

The Rio Olympics are still four months away, but one big non-Team USA name is already out of the mix. ESPN's Chris Broussard tweeted on Friday afternoon that Ben Simmons will not play for the Australian national team this summer, instead opting to focus on NBA activities, according to his agent, Rich Paul.

"I think it's obviously a blow," Australian William McDowell-White, a 6-foot-5 guard considering Texas A&M, Arizona State, and Fresno State, told SNY.tv at the Hoop Summit. "He's one of the best in the world. Definitely a top 3 pick in the draft and now not going to the Olympics. In the long run he will be there so hopefully it will work out for the best."

Australia, a perennial Olympic qualifier, secured its spot in Rio when it won the FIBA Oceania Championship last August. Australia is generally stocked with NBA talent as Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova figure to be in the mix.

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 (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)
(Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)

To the surprise of absolutely no one, LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons will hire an agent and declare for the NBA Draft.

"I'm making it official," Simmons told ESPN late Sunday night.

Simmons has withdrawn from school officially and is moving to Phoenix until the NBA Draft, a source told SNY.tv.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- If there's any basketball player in America who is familiar with Kevin Boyle, it is Ben Simmons.

The 6-foot-10 Simmons, an Australian point forward who is a projected top-2 pick in the NBA Draft out of LSU, won three Dick's High School National Championships at Montverde (FL) Academy with the fiery Boyle as his coach.

"Winning three national championships was really awesome, but also [I remember] how hard we worked every single day," Simmons told SNY.tv exclusively. "He really demanded a high level from everyone, all the time."

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Duke's Brandon Ingram has supplanted LSU's Ben Simmons as the projected No. 1 pick on the Draft Express Mock Draft for 2016 released Monday.

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com wrote a piece for The Vertical detailing his explanation for the move, citing issues from his "lack of competitiveness" to questions about his defense, shooting and character.

"Ingram is 14 months younger than Simmons, has a longer wingspan by four inches and a standing reach six and a half inches higher. Ingram is a better shooter - which is perhaps the most important skill in today's NBA - and has shown a much better trajectory throughout the college season," Givony wrote. "The intel on Ingram as a teammate and competitor has been much stronger than Simmons'. Yes, Ingram has a much more frail frame now, but it's easy to envision him filling out as he ages and matures.

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 (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)
(Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)

When Ben Simmons picked LSU and Malik Newman chose Mississippi State, both initially faced some heat over their college decisions.

Many asked: Why would potential one-and-done players pick SEC schools with no recent tradition of success over bluebloods like Kentucky, Kansas or Duke?

Well, here we are a year later and neither Simmons nor Newman is headed to the NCAA Tournament and both players are still getting heat for their college decisions.

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Ben Simmons' college career is over and he will sign with LeBron James' agent.

As many had expected, the 6-foot-10 Simmons will sign with Klutch Sports, the agency that represents James, as first reported by The Vertical. Rich Paul will be Simmons' agent.

The Vertical reported that Emily Bush, Simmons' older sister, has been a marketing/branding employee of Klutch since 2014.

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 (Derick E. Hingle)
(Derick E. Hingle)

NEW YORK -- Charles Barkley thinks projected No. 1 pick Ben Simmons should stay in school.

Yes, you read it right.

"I do not think Ben Simmons should come out, he's not dominating college," Barkley said Tuesday at the CBS/Turner NCAA Tournament brunch in midtown.

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LSU freshman Ben Simmons is ineligible for the Wooden Award because he didn't meet the necessary requirements, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

It has been widely reported that Simmons lacked the necessary 2.0 GPA to be eligible for the award.

"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."

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Ben Simmons could sign a sneaker deal worth in excess of $100 million as he transitions from LSU to the NBA, an industry source told SNY.tv.

Nike remains the favorite to sign the 6-foot-10 Australian point forward, who is projected as the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, but Under Armour and adidas could get involved to drive up the bidding.

"The number doesn't astonish me, the number's been stagnant since LeBron," grassroots sneaker guru Sonny Vaccaro told SNY.tv on Thursday. "It would be the new precedent because LeBron was the last and [Simmons] has the makings in the mind of the NBA that he could be a great, great player. So that's basically what they're saying, he's going to get a $100 million deal. I would understand that."

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There was a time, not that long ago, when heralded freshmen Skal Labissiere, Stephen Zimmerman, Cheick Diallo, Malik Newman and Isaiah Briscoe were all projected as lottery picks by DraftExpress.com.

The 7-foot Labissiere was No. 1 -- ahead of Ben Simmons -- entering this college basketball season but has fallen ever since and the Kentucky freshman is now No. 14 on the latest Mock Draft for 2016 released Tuesday.

The 7-foot Zimmerman was a lottery pick at No. 14 in December, but the UNLV freshman now ranks at No. 21.

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 (Randy Sartin / USA Today)
(Randy Sartin / USA Today)

LSU senior guard Keith Hornsby, the son of singer Bruce Hornsby and the team's top shooter, could miss the remainder of the season after aggravating a hernia injury, head coach Johnny Jones said Monday on a conference call.

"We don't know," Jones said Monday, adding that the doctors were "doing their due diligence."

"ESPN could be right, there's a chance he could be out for the rest of the season but I don't know that as of yet," Jones said, adding that there was "no timetable" on a return.

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Thanks to back-to-back losses to Alabama and at Tennessee, Ben Simmons and LSU are no longer in the mix for an NCAA Tournament bid according to Joe Lunardi's latest Mock NCAA Tournament Bracket released Monday.

In Lunardi's previous bracket released last Thursday, the Tigers (16-11) were an 11 seed.

As MIke DeCourcy wrote in this column, it's an open question at this point whether the 6-foot-10 Simmons deserves to be named a first-team All-American considering his team's play this season. And, as DeCourcy pointed out, four of the last five No. 1 picks in the NBA Draft, weren't first-team All-Americans.

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 (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)
(Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)

Buddy Hield may be the favorite for National Player of the Year honors, but don't try telling that to Ben Simmons.

The 6-foot-10 Simmons is picking himself as the top player in the nation.

"Oh myself, I'm not going to pick anybody over me but there's a lot of great players out there," Simmons told ESPN's Andy Katz after he dropped 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in LSU's 94-83 loss to South Carolina.

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The Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 was announced on Wednesday.

The list is highlighted by LSU freshman Ben Simmons, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Providence junior guard Kris Dunn and Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield the favorite for National Player of the Year honors. Simmons is the only freshmen named to the list.

The 40th annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy's. The men's and women's Wooden All-American Teams will be honored during the ceremony, as well as the 2016 Legends of Coaching Award, which will be presented to Tubby Smith, Head Men's Basketball Coach at Texas Tech. The event will take place the weekend of April 7-9, 2016.

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Maryland freshman Diamond Stone is now No. 9 on the latest DraftExpress.com Mock Draft. (Brad Penner / USA Today)
Maryland freshman Diamond Stone is now No. 9 on the latest DraftExpress.com Mock Draft. (Brad Penner / USA Today)

Diamond Stone and Buddy Hield continued to see their draft stock rise in the latest DraftExpress.com Mock Draft for 2016, while Kentucky freshman big man Skal Labissiere continued to see his drop.

The 6-foot-10 Stone, a Maryland freshman, is up to No. 9 from 10 on the mock draft, while the 6-4 Hield, an Oklahoma senior who is the favorite for National Player of the Year honors, is up to No. 11 from 17.

Kentucky's Skal Labissiere is now at No. 10 after he was previously at 6. The site had the Haitian sensation at No. 1 in May and at No. 3 in December.

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If the NCAA Tournament began today, Ben Simmons and LSU would be in, according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)
If the NCAA Tournament began today, Ben Simmons and LSU would be in, according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)

Two of the top players in college basketball will meet on Saturday when Ben Simmons and LSU host Buddy Hield and No. 1 Oklahoma in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

The 6-foot-10 Simmons is a freshman who appears to be a virtual lock as the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, while the 6-4 Hield is a senior who remains the favorite for National Player of the Year honors.

Both players were born outside the United States, with Simmons coming from Australia and Hield from the Bahamas.

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If the NCAA Tournament began today, Ben Simmons and LSU would be in, according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)
If the NCAA Tournament began today, Ben Simmons and LSU would be in, according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)

Oklahoma, Kansas, North Carolina and Villanova remain the No. 1 seeds in Joe Lunardi's latest Mock NCAA Tournament Bracket.

The 2 seeds include Xavier, Texas A&M, Iowa and Virginia.

The 3 seeds feature Michigan State, West Virginia, Miami and Maryland.

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Ben Simmons and LSU scored a critical victory over Kentucky on Tuesday night that they hope will help their bid for an NCAA Tournament berth. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)
Ben Simmons and LSU scored a critical victory over Kentucky on Tuesday night that they hope will help their bid for an NCAA Tournament berth. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)

The Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 was announced on Wednesday.

The list is highlighted by LSU freshman Ben Simmons, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Providence junior guard Kris Dunn and Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield, Michigan State senior guard Denzel Valentine, another serious contender for Player of the Year honors, is also on the list. Simmons and Kentucky guard Jamal Murray were the only freshmen named to the list.

Five players not on the Preseason Top 50 were named to the Midseason Top 25: Ryan Anderson of Arizona, Kay Felder of Oakland, Damion Lee of Louisville, Wayne Selden, Jr. of Kansas, and Jarrod Uthoff of Iowa. The list includes colleges who have two players chosen: Gonzaga (Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer), Kansas (Perry Ellis and Selden, Jr.), Kentucky (Murray and Tyler Ulis), and North Carolina (Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige).

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John Calipari has coached a few No. 1 overall draft picks in his day, from Derrick Rose to John Wall to Anthony Davis.

Now he has joined the near-unanimous chorus of folks who say that LSU freshman Ben Simmons looks like the No. 1 pick in 2016.

"Well it's early, but yes," he said Monday on the SEC conference call.

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Everyone and their mother will tell you that LSU freshman Ben Simmons will be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft in five months.

DraftExpress.com, NBADraft.net and ESPN.com all list the 6-foot-10 Simmons as the projected No. 1 pick, and all three sites also have 6-9 Duke freshman small forward Brandon Ingram at No. 2.

Yet Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress believes Ingram could potentially eclipse Simmons for the No. 1 pick.

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Ben Simmons and LSU scored a critical victory over Kentucky on Tuesday night that they hope will help their bid for an NCAA Tournament berth. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)
Ben Simmons and LSU scored a critical victory over Kentucky on Tuesday night that they hope will help their bid for an NCAA Tournament berth. (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)

If the NCAA Tournament started today, Ben Simmons and LSU would not be participating.

When ESPN's Joe Lunardi put out his bracket this week, there were five SEC teams in the mix and the Tigers weren't one of them.

But of course the NCAA Tournament doesn't begin for another two months, and Simmons and LSU still have plenty of time to state their case.

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Providence guard Kris Dunn remains a projected Top-5 Draft pick according to DraftExpress.com. Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports (Mark L. Baer)
Providence guard Kris Dunn remains a projected Top-5 Draft pick according to DraftExpress.com. Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports (Mark L. Baer)

The top five picks remained the same in the latest DraftExpress.com Mock Draft for 2016, but there was some slight shuffling in picks 6-10.

LSU's Ben Simmons remains at No. 1, followed by Duke's Brandon Ingram, Maccabi Tel Aviv's Dragan Bender, Providence's Kris Dunn and Kentucky's Skal Labissiere.

Picks 6-10 now feature Cal's Jaylen Brown, Marquette's Henry Ellenson, Utah's Jacob Poeltl, Kentucky's Jamal Murray and Cal's Ivan Rabb. Murray moved down two spots to No. 9.

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Throughout its "Big Monday" doubleheader, ESPN did its best to hype LSU freshman Ben Simmons, calling him the "Best Player in the Country" on a pop-up ad that appeared throughout the night.

ESPN followed that up on Tuesday morning with an in-depth profile on SportsCenter of Simmons and his path from Australia to LSU, where he may or may not be showcased in the NCAA Tournament.

"Here's a kid that can play all five spots offensively and defensively," Kevin Goojian, who coached Simmons in Australia, told ESPN. "He's by far the best player this country's ever produced."

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Ben Simmons could make some history this year, and not in a good way.

The 6-foot-10 LSU freshman could become the first American college player drafted No. 1 overall to miss the NCAA Tournament because his team failed to qualify since Michael Olowokandi in 1998. Simmons wasn't yet 2 years old when Olowokandi was drafted No. 1 out of the University of Pacific by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Outside of Okowokandi, the last No. 1 pick not to play in the NCAA Tournament was Cincinnati's Kenyon Martin in 2000. The Bearcats qualified, but Martin missed the Big Dance with a broken leg.

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 (Derick E. Hingle)
(Derick E. Hingle)

LSU freshman sensation Ben Simmons is the projected No. 1 pick in June's NBA Draft by DraftExpress. In turn, teams have begun calling Montverde Academy coach Kevin Boyle asking questions about the 6-foot-10 Australian-born lefty.

This isn't Boyle's first rodeo, having fielded calls about current NBA players Kyrie Irving and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, among others. At this point, he has a piece of advice for NBA personnel calling.

"There's a bunch of teams that have called, probably half the league has called so far asking questions about Ben," Boyle told SNY.tv Wednesday afternoon on the 4 Quarters Podcast. "At this point, my basic thing to them is, if you're not the first or second pick, it's probably not worth your time to invest to be honest."

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman deliver an all-new episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for SNY.tv. 

First up, Fox Sports 1 Analyst Tarik Turner joins the program to talk about the Jimmy V Classic and the Big East. Then, Montverde Academy coach Kevin Boyle checks in about Ben Simmons and his other big prospects. Later, Adam and Josh talk to St Anthony's assistant coach Eric Harrield about the St. Anthony's players and the situation at Rutgers, and then they wrap the show with a quick look at some other locals.

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It is still only early December, but Kentucky big man Skal Labissiere has fallen from the No. 1 spot on the DraftExpress.com Mock Draft for 2016.

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com had kept the 7-foot Haitian at No. 1 -- ahead of LSU superstar frosh Ben Simmons -- until Friday morning when he dropped Labissiere to No. 3.

Simmons is the new No. 1, followed by Duke forward Brandon Ingram at No. 2. Ingram's stock has been rising after he struggled early.

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LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) drives past North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Anthony Barber (12) during the second half in the consolation game of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) drives past North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Anthony Barber (12) during the second half in the consolation game of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Sixers and the Lakers are the leading contenders at this juncture to win the NBA Draft lottery next spring.

And that means those franchises are the leading contenders to land LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons.

"Win less than 10 for Ben" might as well be the official motto for Sixers and Lakers fan, whose teams are a combined 3-34. (The Nets and Knicks have no shot because they traded their draft picks.)

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