LSU signee Benny Simmons adds USA Today Player of the Year award to list of honors _lowres

Photo provided by Montverde Academy ( -- Ben Simmons of Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) as its 2014-15 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year

National recruit Ben Simmons has elected to withdraw from playing in the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York to concentrate on finishing his senior and turn his focus toward LSU, according to a USA Today report.

Simmons, a 6-foot-10 forward is the All-USA Player of the Year after averaging 28 points, 11 rebounds a game for Montverde High School, in Montverde, Florida.

Simmons along with Antonio Blakeney are expected to prove a formidable addition to LSU basketball next season as freshmen. Both players have recently been courting another five-star recruit guard Malik Newman to join them next season.

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