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?
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.
Carleton Ravens and Syracuse Orange set to tangle once again
Defending champions Carleton University Ravens will once again tangle with the Syracuse Orange in a marquee match-up between U Sports and NCAA powerhouses.
The Ravens will make their second trip to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 to wrap-up another jammed-packed 2019-2020 exhibition schedule.
The two schools first played back on August 23rd 2013 in Ottawa with Syracuse winning a thrilling 69-65 overtime victory as part of Syracuse’s Canada tour and the debut of Canadian point guard Tyler Ennis
The Orange also got the best of the Ravens, pulling-off a 88-76 win on November 2nd 2014.
The 2019-2020 will mark the debut season for new Ravens head coach Taffe Charles who takes over for Dave Smart who surprised the entire college basketball landscape by announcing his sudden retirement.
Montreal’s freshman Quincy Guerrier alongside junior point guard Howard Washington (Buffalo/NY) are the latest Canadian’s to suite-up for legendary player, turned hall-of-hame coach Jim Boeheim, who has been at the helm since 1976.
Boeheim is the king of getting Canadians in the NBA — having single-handily responsible for overseeing the growth of Leo Rautins, Kris Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Andy Rautins, and now Oshae Brissett and if it all pans out — potentially Guerrier as well.
Under the guidance of their own legendary hall-of-fame coach Dave Smart the Ravens played a Canadian record 59 games against NCAA teams – earning a more than respectable 41-51 record from 1999-2018.
The Ravens boasted an unreal and never to be broken 37-24 winning record against NCAA teams on Canadian soil but mustered-up only one victory in the USA — beating Providence 77-67 in October 28, 2017.
James Naismith Classic NCAA triple-header to feature big names
For the past 20 years NCAA basketball teams have been making the trip north of the border to take on Canadian U Sports teams in early August as part of the NCAA vs. U Sports exhibition series.
Now it looks like we are ready for the next step — regular season, non-conference games between NCAA schools on fertile Canadian basketball
According to multiple reports, and now
Sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame — the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (A-10) will take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big 10). The Buffalo Bulls (MAC) will face the Harvard Crimson (Ivy) and the Tennessee Volunteers (SEC) will square off against the Pac 12 champions Washington Huskies.
A total of six Canadian’s could be featured in the marque homecoming event including, Rutgers’ Eugene Omoruyi (Rexdale, Ont.), Harvard’s Danilo Djuricic Brampton, Ont.), and Luka Sakota (Oakville, Ont.). The Crimson also features Ottawa, Ont. duo
Omoruyi a 6’7″, 234-pound bruising senior forward is coming off of his best season — leading the Scarlet Knights in scoring and rebounds at a respective 13.8 and 7.2 per game.
Noah Kirkwood (6’7, 215 lbs) guard had a productive freshman season with 11.1 rebounds, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists as the Crimson (18-11, 10-4 Conf) just missed out on the 2019 NCAA March Madness tournament with a close loss to Yale in the conference title game.
The Buffalo Bulls’ are coming off their most successful season in the program’s history with an outstanding 32-4, 16-2 record and a six-seed in the West region.
The marquee match-up pits the Tennessee Volunteers against the Washington Huskies. Tennessee finished second in the SEC with a strong 31-6, 15-3 campaign for head coach Rick Barnes – bowing out to Purdue in the Sweet 16.
The Huskies, although not a traditional Canadian destination, will become the first NCAA men’s basketball team to make back-to-back trips to Canada.
In 2018 the Vancouver Showcase tipped off — bringing four NCAA men’s (Washington, Santa Clara, Minnesota, Texas A&M) and eight women’s basketball team’s to the west coast of Canada — marking the first time NCAA division one games played in Canada counted as non-conference records.
With Toronto continuously out-churning the mecca (New York City) and other traditional American powerhouses for quality NCAA and NBA basketball prospects — it makes more than dollars and cents — much like the Empire Classic — to ensure that the northern city that never sleeps has it’s annual NCAA regular season dosage.