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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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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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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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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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De'Aaron Fox, the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2016,?enjoyed his official visit to LSU over the weekend and will host Kentucky coach John Calipari Monday night for an in-home visit before taking his next official to Louisville this coming weekend.

"Coach [Johnny] Jones and [David] Patrick made us feel like we were right at home, they were?real welcoming,"?Cypress Lakes (TX) coach?Emmanuel Olatunbosun said Monday by phone. "We got a?good feeling when we got there."

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LSU just returned from playing five games in Australia and?Ben Simmons?did pretty well for himself.

The 6-foot-10 Australian point forward averaged?20?points, 9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and?3.6 steals, while also committing?25 turnovers in five games, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

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LSU fans surely love hearing?what's coming out of the Ben Simmons camp, while Big Blue Nation will surely use it as bulletin board material.

Either way, the LSU-Kentucky matchups in the SEC during the 2015-16 season just got a little spicier thanks to a few quotes in Nicole Auerbach's feature on the 6-foot-10 Simmons in USA Today.

"Ben's a little crazy in that Ben doesn't want to play with the quote-unquote top five players in the country and win a championship," said Liam Simmons, Ben's brother. "He wants to play with good players, in their right great players, and go out and beat the Kentuckys and the Dukes, the North Carolinas of the world. He'd love nothing more than to go into Kentucky and beat them ? rather than go to Kentucky and win a championship because that's expected."

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NEW YORK -- St. John's loss is LSU's gain.

Brandon Sampson, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard, from Madison High School in Baton Rouge (LA), picked LSU over?St. John's and Oklahoma State on Monday morning.

"I'd like to further my education and my basketball career at Louisiana State University," he announced at his school.

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Playing in front of a charged?crowd at Montverde (FL) Academy and a national television audience on ESPN2, Ben Simmons?showed why he's considered a future star in the college and pro ranks.

The 6-foot-10 Simmons displayed his explosive game as a point-forward while notching a triple-double of 22 points, 10 assists and 10?rebounds as Montverde, the No. 1 team in the ESPN high school basketball rankings, remained unbeaten with a 78-64 victory over?No. 12 Oakland (CA) Bishop O'Dowd.

"I had a goal ahead of me which was to be considered the top player in America for high school and I've finally reached that point where some call me the top three," the Australian product said on ESPN2 before the game.

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Ben Simmons, the No. 1 player in the country on the ESPN 100, signed his Letter of Intent with LSU on Wednesday?but he may only be on campus for a year.

The 6-foot-10 Australian is projected as the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com. Jaylen Brown, who has yet to pick a college, is listed as No. 1.

"It really depends," he told ESPNU Thursday night. "It just depends on how the season goes. If I'm ready to go to the next level then definitely I'll look at my options. But I'm focusing on this season right now. We have my last high school season [at Montverde Academy] so I really just want to do as well as I can for the team and my coaches here."

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JaQuan Lyle?and Antonio Blakeney will both visit LSU this weekend, when the SEC school plays Alabama in football on Saturday night.

SNY.tv first reported the Lyle visit, which he then confirmed via Twitter,?"Going to LSU for an official this weekend."

Both Lyle and Blakeney are former Louisville commits, meaning LSU will have two former Rick Pitino commits on campus, along with 2015 commit Ben Simmons.

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Ben Simmons, a 2015 Australian small forward ranked No. 6 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals, has committed to LSU following a weekend visit.

Duke, North Carolina and Kansas had visited Simmons at Montverde, Montverde assistant Rae Miller told SNY.tv.

"I know a lot of people will be struck by me deciding to go to LSU, but that's where I felt most comfortable," the 6-foot-10, 230-pound Simmons said, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. "I feel I can progress a lot there, and I feel blessed to have offers from all those schools."

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Jalyn Patterson, a 5-foot-11 combo guard from Alpharetta, Ga., who plays at Montverde (FL) Academy, pledged to LSU on Sunday.

"My relationship with coach [Johnny] Jones and the teammates made me pick LSU," he told SNY.tv.

"I will bring an ability to get others involved on the court."

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The Giants have a number of critical decisions to make about their secondary this off-season.

Both strong safeties Kenny Phillips and Stevie Brown are free agents, Corey Webster's future with the team is anything but sure and depth may surface as a real concern.

One of the more interesting prospects in this year's NFL Draft is former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, formerly heralded as the Honey Badger for his small stature but big game.

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In a pair of ESPN mock NFL drafts, analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. both expect the New York Giants to try and improve on the defensive side of the ball this spring.

According to McShay, New York will look to bolster its defensive backfield by adding Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks.

"The Giants have been successful under general manager Jerry Reese going with the best available athlete on the board, but in this case they find one of the top players available at a priority need area," McShay writes. "Banks is not elite in man-to-man coverage, but he has good length and is solid in press coverage, shows instincts in zone, supports the run and is a ball hawk with 16 career interceptions."
The last defensive player drafted by New York was Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara in 2011. In 2010, the team took Jason Pierre-Paul.

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Jarell Martin, a 6-foot-9, 223-pound combo forward from Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Prep, verbally pledged to LSU on Thursday.

Martin had also considered St. John's, Texas A&M, UCLA, Alabama and Oklahoma State. Originally slated to sign in the spring, Martin can now sign in the early period.

Jeff Jones, Martin's high school coach, previously told SNY.tv Martin was??more of a face-up four who can play the three. He knocks down 3-balls, puts it on the floor. He?s in the mold of a Terrence Jones at Kentucky.

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Several major commitments have gone down in the past few days.

As first reported last night on my Twitter, Dylan Johns, a 6-foot-10 center from the Houston Trent International School, has committed to LSU and plans to enroll in December.

Eugene Harris, the head coach at Trent, said Johns chose LSU over Baylor, Michigan State and Oklahoma STate.

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Jordan Mickey made his choice Thursday night, picking LSU over SMU, Ohio State and Oklahoma State.

The 6-foot-9 , 220-pound Mickey, the Rivals No. 20 power forward in the Class of 2013, is out of Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep.

?At LSU, coach?[Johnny] Jones?and his staff, I?m looking forward to playing with them," Mickey told SNY.tv before the decision was made.

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NEW YORK -- A year ago at this time, Stanley Robinson was working at a scrap metal yard not far from the UConn campus in Willimantic, Conn. He was battling a combination of medical and financial issues, so UConn coach Jim Calhoun told the 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward to take a leave of absence from the basketball program to gain some perspective and maturity.
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"We told him to take the time off, told him he had to work," Calhoun said Wednesday night after his No. 13 Huskies crushed LSU, 81-55, in the semifinals of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.
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"If he came back, he would have to pay for his semester with a Pell Grant, and he did."
Read the full story here.

Here's my game story from The Baton Rouge Advocate.

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