Simmons will sit out Jordan Game

LSU signee Ben Simmons told USA Today he'll sit out the Jordan Brand Classic in preparation for his arrival on campus in Baton Rouge.

The Jordan Brand Classic, contested this Friday night in Brooklyn, has been arguably the fastest-growing all-star game for high school seniors in recent years.

This time around, however, it'll have to make do without one of the best blue-chippers in 2015, LSU signee Ben Simmons.

Simmons informed USA Today on Sunday evening that he's withdrawing from the event, tired from a grueling stretch of late that's seen him play in nationally televised events from Chicago to New York to Portland.

“I’ve decided not to play in the Jordan game,” Simmons told the publication. “I want to turn my focus to finishing my senior year and preparing for my next step at LSU.”

The versatile forward told TSD in an interview last week he's on track to arrive at LSU in early June when the rest of the team converges on Baton Rouge to begin summer classwork and compete in open-gym format.

Patrons of the Barclay Center in Brooklyn need fret not, though, as Simmons and LSU will be back in the Brooklyn venue Thanksgiving Week for the Legends Classic.

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