A banner seven days of recruiting reached a crescendo Monday morning when LSU landed the commitment of five-star small forward Ben Simmons, the No. 6 prospect in the class of 2015, according to a report by ESPN.com.
The junior, who is an Australian native and plays at powerhouse Montverde Academy in Florida, selected the Tigers over Duke, Kentucky and Kansas.
The 6-8, 220-pound swingman ensures coach Johnny Jones will have landed a marquee prospect in each of his first three recruiting classes since returning to his alma mater.
“I know a lot of people will be struck by me deciding to go to LSU, but that’s where I felt most comfortable,” Simmons told ESPN.com on Monday. “I feel I can progress a lot there, and I feel blessed to have offers from all those schools.”
Last year, Jones secured the pledge of Madison Prep product Jarell Martin, who is preparing for his freshman season. A week ago, the Tigers landed oral commitment of four-star center Elbert Robinson, who is rated as the No. 51 prospect in the 2014 class by Rivals.com. Now comes Simmons, a prospect LSU had a leg up in trying to woo to Baton Rouge.
Simmons’ godfather is David Patrick, an assistant coach on Jones staff and a former professional teammate with Dave Simmons, the prospect’s father, dating back to their days playing over seas in Australia.
It also helped that Simmons’ teammate at Montverde in three-star guard Jalyn Patterson, who is a senior and a member of the 2014 class, committed over the weekend after both players took visits to LSU.