Simmons transferring to U.S. high school

Aussie native and LSU prospect Ben Simmons has announced he'll transfer into Montverde (Fla.) Academy. Come inside with TSD's Matt McCurdy for more on the 2015 prospect.

LSU basketball recruit Ben Simmons, considered by many recruiting analysts to be the top prospect in the world for 2015, is transferring from his native Australia to Montverde Academy in Florida.

Simmons, the godson of LSU assistant David Patrick, had announced last week that he was coming to America, but announced via Twitter this morning that Montverde was the destination.

He will be able to play immediately for a Monteverde team that will now feature four elite prospects: Simmons, Kasey Hill, Dakari Johnson and D'Angelo Russell.

Simmons, a 6-foot-8 forward, can play multiple positions, from shooting guard to center.

Simmons' father, Dave Simmons, is an American who played collegiately at Oklahoma City University and professionally in Australia, where he was a teammate of Patrick. Dave Simmons remained in Australia after his basketball career ended.

In a recent interview with the Australian website NBAmate.com, Ben Simmons had the following comment about potential colleges:

"I have been talking to several colleges, but at this stage I'm not too sure," he said. "LSU and University of Washington are interested but it's too early to make that decision. I'll just see what comes along."

Australia has a talented group of young players coming up, which includes Simmons and 2014 guard Dante Exum. In a recent interview with TSD, Patrick was asked in general about the future crop of Aussie talent.

"I think any kid coming in the next two or three years out of Australia or out of the Pacific region, because New Zealand has become such a factor as well, that we are going to be involved with at a pretty high level," Patrick said.

Look for an in-depth interview with Patrick on TSD within the next few days.

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Simmons transferring to U.S. high school


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