Musselman on Simmons: "The hype is warranted"

Former LSU basketball assistant Eric Musselman, discussing freshman phenom Ben Simmons, says the player he helped recruit is a "once-in-a-lifetime" talent.

Earlier this week Nevada basketball head coach Eric Musselman, who spent last season as an assistant at LSU, joined TSD publisher Ben Love for a radio interview on "Bumper to Bumper Sports" on 103.7 FM (KLWB) in Lafayette.

Musselman shared his thoughts on Australian import Ben Simmons, beginning his first - and almost certainly only - season in Baton Rouge with the Tigers' program.

"All the hype is warranted," said Musselman, who helped recruit Simmons and usher him around campus on visits. "He's a once-in-a-lifetime player to coach, once-in-a-lifetime player as a fan to watch, and a once-in-a-lifetime player for media to cover. So it's going to be a really, really fun year for all the Tiger fans and the people in Baton Rouge to get out and watch games."

The former two-time NBA head coach of the Kings and Warriors went on to explain what sets Simmons apart from other mega-recruits that have come through the prep ranks in recent years.

"He's so special because he's a great passer, a willing passer. A lot of times when superstars are at his age they don't understand making the extra pass and they don't have floor vision," Musselman leveled. "And really the truth of the matter is Ben Simmons can play anywhere from the one through the four, and he can even play some five. Guys like that just don't come around very often. One thing that everyone's going to find out very quickly with Ben is he's a great, great competitor."

Musselman made sure to touch on the two other two members of LSU's prized "Killer B's" signing class of 2015 - guards Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson.

"What a bright future both Antonio and Brandon Sampson have," he remarked. "Both of those guys are going to be phenomenal college basketball players and have potential to play at the next level as well."

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio interview with Musselman, including what he's rebuilding at Nevada, growing up a coach's son and the NBA landing spots for Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey.

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