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- Date of Birth:
- July 20, 1996
- 6' 10"
Ben Simmons (born Benjamin Simmons on July 20, 1996 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian basketball player. He currently plays for Lousiana State University Tigers. In 2016, Ben was the consensus National Freshman of the Year and was named the SEC Freshman of the Year. He was the first LSU freshman in ten years to win the conference Freshman of the Year Award. Because of his success, he only played one season at LSU before going to the NBA Draft. Ben was picked number one in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft and signed a rookie contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
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He is known for playing for one season on the LSU basketball team before going into the 2016 NBA Draft as the number one overall pick.
Ben is left-handed. He also comes from a family of athletes. His father, David Simmons, played 13 seasons in the Australian National Basketball League, and also wore the number 25, which is Ben’s current number. He is one of six children. His five siblings are Melissa, Emily, Liam, Olivia and Sean. His mother had four children from a previous marriage before marrying Ben’s father, so there is a 15 year age gap between Ben and his oldest sister Melissa.