Report: Ben Simmons Academically Ineligible For Wooden Award

by March 05, 2016

By just about every metric, LSU freshman Ben Simmons is one of the best college basketball players in America.

But Simmons reportedly won’t be a finalist for the Wooden Award, given annually to the best player in college basketball.

This is according to a report by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, who writes that Simmons did not qualify due to an academic-related issue.

Part of the criteria is that a player needs to have at least a 2.00 GPA. The rest of the requirements are related to performance on the court—save for actually being enrolled in a school.

The 15 finalists for the award will be announced on Saturday.

More from ESPN:

LSU freshman Ben Simmons has not been certified by his school in order to be eligible for the Wooden Award with a source telling ESPN on Saturday that it’s for academic-related reasons.


“From what I was told, he didn’t meet all of the requirements,” Tigers coach Johnny Jones told ESPN. “He wasn’t certified by the school to be on the ballot.”


The 6-foot-10 Simmons, who is averaging 19.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists this season, was benched for the start of the Tennessee game Feb. 20 for an academic issue.