With Ben’s announcement yesterday that he’s headed to the States to play high school ball at Montverde Academy in Florida, the pundits are already speculating that he could now be ranked as the No. 1 player in the class of 2015. From CBSSports.com:

With the move to Montverde, Simmons will be playing alongside fellow five-star prospects Dakari Johnson, Kasey Hill and D’Angelo Russell. He won’t be thrust into the spotlight right off the bat and can get comfortable with such big-time prospects above him on the totem pole.

Of course, the subtext to the move is the question of where Simmons falls in the class of 2015 rankings. Former No. 1 prospect Karl Towns reclassified to 2014 back in December when he committed to Kentucky, opening the door for someone else to take over the top spot. Big men Diamond Stone and Ivan Rabb are candidates, as is scoring guard Malik Newman.

But what about Simmons? I spoke briefly with Jerry Meyer of 247Sports about where Simmons slides into the 2015 rankings.

“He’s a candidate for No. 1 in a class looking for star power,” Meyer said.”

In terms of his pro prospects, that’s a great move for Ben. Go get em young fella!


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