More Images Of Potential No. 1 Draft Pick Ben Simmons For Slam Magazine; Styles In Thom Browne, Balmain, Timberland & More
On just wanting to win:
“Every time I stepped on to the floor, I just tried to win and do everything I could to win,” says Simmons. “I’m not coming out just trying to score points or worry about my stats. At the end of the day, I just want to win. If I finished up with a double-double, it is what it is. But every time I step on the floor, I’m trying to win.”
Simmons was critiqued for not shooting enough and some critics even blamed him for the Tigers not making the NCAA Tournament, however he admitted that his time at LSU didn’t go as planned.
“My time at LSU didn’t go as planned from a winning standpoint—I hate losing,” says Simmons. “But I did learn a lot from my coaches and teammates and just from being in the college environment—all things which will help me in my next step. I learned how to block out distractions and focus on the job at hand.”
On his game:
“I think my game, it’s just a lot different,” says Simmons, “the way I’ve grown up playing. Having my dad play pro in Australia, I just learned a lot from him, and the way to win games and play as a team player. But I think I’ve picked up a lot of things out here, which has kind of created my own type of game—I think [like] using my athleticism.”
“I think just my IQ is a lot different from most people because I’ve played on different levels—whether it was with guys who were already on the Australian team or with guys just in America. Playing the European style and then playing the American, and then kind of building it into one.”
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Photos Credit: Tom Medvedich