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Tuesday / August 4.
  • Ben Simmons Ineligible for Wooden Award

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    LSU freshman Ben Simmons is ineligible for the Wooden Award because he didn’t meet the necessary requirements, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

    It has been widely reported that Simmons lacked the necessary 2.0 GPA to be eligible for the award.

    “From what I was told, he didn’t meet all of the requirements,” Tigers coach Johnny Jones told ESPN. “He wasn’t certified by the school to be on the ballot.”

    “He did not meet the criteria at this point in the process to continue,” LSU spokesman Kent Lowe told SNY.tv.

    The projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, Simmons is averaging 19.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists.

    Simmons was listed among 20 finalists for the Wooden Award on a release sent out Feb. 10. The award’s 15 finalists were announced Saturday (the list is below). The winner will be named April 8.

    No freshmen made the list of 15 finalists.

    Also on Saturday, ESPN’s Linda Cohn said on air that a former Nike executive told ESPN that Simmons could sign a sneaker deal worth an estimated $100 million.

    This figure was first reported earlier in the week by SNY.tv, via an industry source and legendary grassroots sneaker guru Sonny Vaccaro. ESPN did not credit SNY in its report.

     

    2016 WOODEN AWARD FINALISTS

    Brice Johnson, North Carolina
    Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
    Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
    Georges Niang, Iowa State
    Grayson Allen, Duke
    Jakob Poeltl, Utah
    Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa
    Josh Hart, Villanova
    Kay Felder, Oakland
    Kris Dunn, Providence
    Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
    Melo Trimble, Maryland
    Perry Ellis, Kansas
    Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
    Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.