LSU star Ben Simmons announced he will forgo his sophomore year to enter the 2016 NBA Draft.

Simmons led the Tigers in points per game, rebounds per game, and assists. He is projected to be the No. 1 pick according to ESPN. For Simmons and LSU, it was quite the disappointment in his first and only year in college. The Tigers missed the NCAA Tournament, coming into the season ranked 23rd. Full Story:

“I’m making it official,” said Simmons.

“We are happy about the development that transpired during his time here and think he will continue to make great strides as he transitions into the NBA,” said Coach Johnny Jones.

Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists in his solo season at LSU.

Many expect Simmons to be chosen first, however, Brandon Ingram (Duke) has narrowed the gap for the No. 1 pick.

What Coach Jonny Jones Said:

“We are excited about this opportunity for Ben and his family,” said Jones.

“We certainly have enjoyed the time that we were able to spend with him here at LSU.”

“He was a joy to coach and to be around on and off the floor.”

“We knew that there was a great possibility that Ben would only be at LSU for one season.”

“And if you are going to have a guy to do that, Ben was the perfect one because of how much of a team player he is.”

“We certainly feel as if he’s going to have a bright future as he continues to work hard to achieve his goal of playing at the highest level in the NBA.”

Thank you Ben Simmons for your commitment to Louisiana State University!