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This past weekend we learned that the LSU Tigers elected not to participate in the NCAA March Madness tournament this year which means that freshman forward Ben Simmons is headed to the NBA.
Simmons is regarded as the most hyped draft prospect since LeBron James in 2003 and the two players have had a serious relationship for years.
The 19-year-old has already begun preparing for the draft process and according to Yahoo Sports, Simmons will be represented by Rich Paul and LeBron James’ Klutch Sports Agency with Paul serving as Simmons agent.
LSU freshman star Ben Simmons, a possible No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, plans to sign with the LeBron James-funded Klutch Sports agency for his pro representation, league sources told The Vertical.
Rich Paul of Klutch Sports will serve as Simmons’ agent.
Simmons’ college career ended when LSU decided against accepting an NIT bid on Sunday.
Simmons’ older sister, Emily Bush, has been a marketing/branding employee of Klutch since 2014. She is based in Scottsdale, Ariz. Her hiring came shortly after James and Paul started recruiting Simmons as a potential future client.
Within the basketball industry, it has been understood that Klutch has been the only real pro representation that Simmons has considered. Simmons, a native of Australia, has been the subject of a serious courtship by James, Paul and Klutch Sports since attending the LeBron James Skills Academy in 2014.
The arrangement for Klutch to represent Simmons has been in place for over a year, and agency papers to formalize the partnership are expected to be signed soon, sources said. Simmons will train in either Cleveland or Los Angeles in the predraft process, league sources said.
Simmons has openly discussed James’ involvement in his life, telling Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears in December: “I just get a lot of advice from him. He’s like a big brother to me.”