LSU's Ben Simmons gets shout-out from President Obama, calls experience 'surreal' _lowres

,FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2015, file photo, LSU's Ben Simmons looks to pass against the College of Charleston during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. As the Southeastern Conference heads  into league competition, it remains tough to figure which teams stand as defending champion Kentucky’s biggest competition. Simmons ranks second nationally in rebounding (13.0) and fourth in the SEC in scoring (19.3). (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)

As President Obama spoke to a crowd of 1,000 Thursday at McKinley High School in Baton Rouge, he made special mention of one member of the audience: LSU's star basketball freshman Ben Simmons