LSU basketball star Ben Simmons will not win college basketball's most coveted individual award this season.
According to ESPN, Simmons has "not been certified" by LSU "to be eligible for the Wooden Award." The reasons are reportedly tied to academics.
"From what I was told, he didn't meet all of the requirements," Tigers coach Johnny Jones told ESPN.
According to the Wooden Award website, here are the award criteria:
-- Candidates must be full-time students in an accredited NCAA college or university.
--Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and aspirations. All candidates must have a cumulative 2.00 grade point average since enrolling in their current university.
--Candidates must exhibit strength of character, both on and off the court.
--Candidates should be those who contribute to team effort.
--Candidates must excel in both offense and defense.
--Candidates should be considered on their performance over the course of the entire season (pre-conference, conference and tournament play).
Simmons didn't start Feb. 20 at Tennessee. Jones said after the 81-65 loss that they had to deal with some “academic stuff” with Simmons earlier in the week, which resulted in forward Brian Bridgewater getting his first start of the season.
LSU traveled to Kentucky on Saturday for its regular-season finale. And Wildcats fans got wind of the news and chanted "G-P-A" at Simmons when he stepped to the free-throw line in the first half.
Kentucky fans chanted "GPA!" at Ben Simmons a few minutes ago. https://t.co/kVxAlANLX7— Alex Martin Smith (@asmiff) March 5, 2016