The 6-foot-10 Simmons is picking himself as the top player in the nation. “Oh myself, I’m not going to pick anybody over me but there’s a lot of great players out there,” Simmons told ESPN’s Andy Katz after he dropped 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in LSU’s 94-83 loss to South Carolina. “I don’t think anyone’s better than me.”
In a decision that could signal a new avenue to the NBA for elite American basketball players, Top 10 high school prospect Jonathan Isaac told Sports Illustrated on Friday that he will explore declaring for the 2016 NBA draft directly from prep school.
A source with knowledge of the NBA’s thinking on Isaac said that there’s been no communication between Isaac and the NBA. As of now, the NBA considers his graduating class to be 2016, which would make him not eligible for the upcoming draft. However, the situation could be open to interpretation or legal challenge.