Connect with us

NCAA

Declaring For The Draft Ben Simmons Writes The Next Chapter In His Book Of Basketball

Published

on

Declaring For The Draft Ben Simmons Writes The Next Chapter In His Book Of Basketball

As one chapter ends…another begins.

It sounds like a cliche we know but this kid Ben Simmons could go number one. After a one and done season with LSU where this Tiger clawed away at averages just a shade under 20 and 10, to go with 5 assists, this 6 foot 10 prospect has put his name forward for this Summers NBA Draft.

The cap will most certainly fit for one of the youngest talents around the hoops world…some are calling Simmons the most exciting young draftee to be since some King called LeBron. But like James in any free agency period, which throne will Simmons’ multi-faceted and talented play sit on in this game?

From the madness of march to the hands of Silver where could Ben fit the bill?

Any team will want him. From the Cavaliers to the Warriors…even if scouting reports are leaving off the fact that this freshmans game has little outside like rooftop apartment gardens…but all that can bloom and develop. Put it this way he has the height and inside to be a paint power by the dunk in a small ball revolutionised league, with the athleticism to run and go with guys like Durant and…well his teammate Westbrook. Everybody wants this kid.

Let the tanking commence.

Some teams won’t even have to

The lowly Sixers could use another top pick like they where the new Cavaliers. They have more big fellas than Shaq has nicknames, but this young petroleum from Diesel’s old alma-mater could power them across the floor and not just in the key if handed the reigns. Speaking of alumnus, could Ben Simmons still play in purple and gold now he has he left the halls of LSU? This years number 2 pick D’Angelo Russell would love his former Montverde Academy high school running mate to join him in Lakerland with the new Showtime of Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. This fantastic four would be a marvel that could even make the Los Angeles Lakers almost get over the loss of retiring legend Kobe Bryant. With Russell’s athletic and ice in his veins, could Simmons bleed purple and gold too?

Must Read:  Wake Forest Demon Deacons Visit Canada, Battle Brock Badgers & Ryerson Rams

The possibilites are 30 teams for 30 deals endless. The purple and gold Tiger blood could make history with another storied team in the Boston Celtics and be the big young talent they tragically lost on the 80’s draft night with Len Bias…playing for his honour. The Knicks could be in play for someone to join their young New York, New York future of Kristaps Porzingis world domination. Especially if Carmelo Anthony really has had enough. One way or another Simmons could change everything.

We can only speculate like so many will we dont have an idea of how its going to go down. All we know is his time is now.

Like analyst Bill Simmons, Ben Simmons is about to rewrite the next edition of his own book of basketball.

It could be storied.

Read on…

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

For security, use of Google's reCAPTCHA service is required which is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

I agree to these terms.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

NCAA

Montreal’s Bennedict Mathurin commits to Arizona Wildcats

Published

on

montreals bennedict mathurin commits to arizona wildcats
Montreal's Bennedict Mathurin selects the Arizona Wildcas

The Arizona Wildcats got a big time commitment from Bennedict Mathurin — Canada’s top guard in the class of 2020.

The 17-year old Mathurin opted to reclassify from the 2021 class — fast tracking his potential NBA eligibility in the process. Standing at 6’6″, 195 pounds, the Montreal native has all the attributes to make an immediate impact at the NCAA division I basketball level — with a NBA ceiling written all-over his resume.

Perhaps not a household commodity, due to his lack of participation in any Canadian FIBA youth sanctioned events — Mathurin was named MVP of the 2019 Canadian National Basketball U17 Championships in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

The Canadian guard/forward led a loaded Quebec team to a perfect 5-0 record — claiming the province’s first U17 title since 2010. Mathurin dominated the entire tournament, including a electric, eye-popping 33 point, 7 assist, 6 rebound performance in the opening game against Team Ontario.

In the championship game against same Ontario squad, Mathurin was equally impressive — scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in the 84-77 victory.

Mathurin is currently showcasing and strutting his growing all-around game in Mexico City as part of NBA Academy Latin America — an elite basketball training center for top male and female prospects across the Caribbean Central and South America.

The Canadian prospect kicked off 2020 and new decade in style with a 30-point, 6 rebounds outburst in a 93-74 win over FC Barcelona U18 team at the Hospitalet tournament.

A lockdown defender with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander like wingspan, Mathurin has the ability to get from the three-point line to the rim with just one dribble. At 6”6′ he’s also able to see over much smaller defenders and is a willing and effective passer that looks to attack at rim can finish with through contact.

Must Read:  Khem Birch Steals the show at 2011 Mcdonald's All-American Game

Part of the continuous and overflowing rising crop of future NBA talent from Canada’s second largest city — Mathurin may just be the top guard to come out of Montreal since current Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort pledged allegiance to the desert State of Arizona.

montreals ben mathurin nba academy vs champlain st lambert
Montreal’s Ben Mathurin – NBA Academy takes one Champlain St. Lambert

Holding multiple offers from the likes of NCAA basketball programs as Virginia, Alabama, Washington State and Nebraska — Mathurin narrowed his decision to the Arizona Wildcats and Oregon Ducks.

“Those two schools were my finalists because the other schools recruited me a little later, and I said to myself, that if I was going to visit other schools it was going to take a lot more time to get to know the coaching staff and also lots of time to get to know for example who (players) was coming back and leaving.” discussed a well spoken Mauthrin in a live french announcement during half-time of the Toronto Raptors’ and OKC Thunder game.

On what tipped the balance between the two finalist schools, Mauthrin added that the “history of Arizona, the style of play and the fact that every player has a role, and that is my style of play.”

For head coach Sean Miller the commitment of Mauthrin is a significant scoop for a player that was just starting to gain national notoriety and will likely mature into another future Canadian NBA player.

Continue Reading

NCAA

Abu Kigab career night powers Boise State Broncos

Published

on

abu kigab career night powers boise state broncos

Canadian Abu Kigab (St. Catherines, Ont.) dropped a career best 33 points, 11 rebounds to power the Boise State Broncos 103-72 past the CSU Northridge Matadors.

The 6’7″, 211-pound junior forward was efficient as a heat pump, knocking down a hot 11-of-16 field-goals, 3-of-4 triples and 8-of-9 free-throws in just 26 minutes — including a two-hand alley-oop — to bring the home crowd to it’s feet while recording his 30th point.

Kigab’s output is one the best performances by a Canadian playing NCAA DI basketball and as per the Broncos’ public relations team “It’s just the 17th 30 & 10 game all-time by a Bronco and seventh in the last 25 years.” Chicago Bulls’ rookie Chandler Hutchison was the last Boise State player to reach the milestone — erupting for 39 points and 14 rebounds at the 2018 NIT.

“We were all making the right play and some nights that’s just how it is,” Kigab said. “I just go out there and try to win the game. I’ll do whatever it takes. Sometimes I might have to score more, sometimes I need to rebound more, sometimes I need to pass more. Whatever my team needs, that’s what I’ll do.”

Highly recruited coming out high school, Kigab was part of the historic Canadian national team that captured the country’s first-ever basketball gold medal at the 2017 U19 World Cup. The hybrid forward averaged a double-double with 14.7 points and 10.6 rebounds — earning a nod in the all-world all-star team alongside MVP RJ Barrett.

Must Read:  Thomas Scrubb triple-double gives Carleton 76-64 win over Vermont

Abu Kigab commits to Oregon Ducks

The St. Catherine’s product committed to the Oregon Ducks — playing a season and half before opting to transfer to Boise State. Kigab showed promise in his first three games under Dana Altman hitting double-figures scoring in all three non-conference games before completely falling out of the rotation. In 45 games with the Ducks, Kigab scored just a total of 82 points while playing only 418 minutes.

Since becoming eligible and joining the Broncos starting lineup on December 22, Kigab has helped the team to a 3-1 record — including two straight double-doubles and has scored a total of 64 points.

Based on early results it’s fair to say that the change in scenery and shift from the Pac 12 brand of basketball to the Mountain West Conference (MWC) has benefited Kigab’s game.

The Broncos compete in the tough Mountain West Conference with the likes of San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico and Nevada. The Conference has a history with Canadians and holds the title of producing former Running Rebel and No. 1 NBA pick Anthony Bennett. The MWC currently features eight Canadians across multiple teams — including Elijah Mitrou-Long (UNLV), Nolan Narain, Sabry Philip and others.

Continue Reading
Advertisement


Subscribe to our Newsletter!

Canadian Basketball Insider Newsletter

Buzzing

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: