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Tuesday / June 2.
  • Ben Simmons, a 2015 Australian small forward ranked No. 6 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals, has committed to LSU following a weekend visit.

    Duke, North Carolina and Kansas had visited Simmons at Montverde, Montverde assistant Rae Miller told SNY.tv.

    “I know a lot of people will be struck by me deciding to go to LSU, but that’s where I felt most comfortable,” the 6-foot-10, 230-pound Simmons said, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. “I feel I can progress a lot there, and I feel blessed to have offers from all those schools.”

    He is the godson of LSU assistant coach David Patrick.

    “David Patrick is my godfather and he’s an assistant there and so I’ve always felt really comfortable talking with them,” Simmons wrote on his USA Today Blog.

    Sources said Simmons was unlikely to reclass to 2014 as many foreign players do, especially the Canadian players.

    Jessie Govan, a 6-foot-10 2015 center has transferred to Wings Academy from Manhasset, N.Y., St. Mary’s, he confirmed to SNY.tv.

    “It was my parents’ decision,” he said.

    The news was previously reported by several New York basketball Websites.

    Govan will join his close friend and NY Lightning teammate, 2015 point guard Desure Buie, at Wings.

    “Me and Desure are going to be scary together,” Govan said. “It’s going to be fun since I already play with him during the summer and he knows where I like the ball.”

    Nate Mason, a 6-foot point from Montrose Christian, took his final official visit this weekend to Minnesota and enjoyed it.

    “It was good, really good,” Mason told SNY.tv by phone. “The place was nice. I like the offense, the tempo they played at. They [would] use me to run the team, score, get some wins under their belt.”

    He is being recruited by head coach Richard Pitino and assistant Kimani Young.

    “They’re real straight dudes, I like that,” he said.

    Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley continues to build his 2014 recruiting class.

    On Sunday, Buffalo landed a pledge from 6-foot-9, 250-pound junior college big man Raheem Johnson of Barton County (KS) College.

    Johnson also had interest from Texas Tech and Wichita State, among others. He will have two years of Division 1 eligibility remaining.

    “What made me pick Buffalo was the trust my high school coach and I had with Bobby Hurley and the coaching staff,” Johnson told SNY.tv. “They said they were going to develop me as a basketball player and help me graduate with a degree.”