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LSU freshman Ben Simmons has been ruled ineligible for the prestigious Wooden Award due to academic reasons. At this point, Simmons is a lock to go No.1 in the 2016 NBA Draft. With averages of 19.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game for the Tigers this season the Melbourne, Australia native is being hyped as the best draft prospect since LeBron James.
More on details Simmons academics below via ESPN:
LSU freshman Ben Simmons has not been certified by his school in order to be eligible for the Wooden Award with a source telling ESPN on Saturday that it’s for academic-related reasons.
“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.”
LSU spokesman Kent Lowe confirmed to ESPN that Simmons “did not have the necessary criteria to be eligible.”
The Wooden Award has several qualifications:
* Candidates must be full-time students in an accredited NCAA college or university.
* Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and aspirations. All candidates must have a cumulative 2.00 grade point average since enrolling in their current university.
* Candidates must exhibit strength of character, both on and off the court.
* Candidates should be those who contribute to the team effort.
* Candidates must excel in both offense and defense.
* Candidates should be considered on their performance over the course of the entire season (pre-conference, conference and tournament play).