Ben Simmons, who is possibly the best prospect in the class of 2015, will transfer from his native Australia to Montverde Academy in Florida.
Simmons tweeted the news late Tuesday night.
The versatile 6-foot-8 forward dominated the Pangos All-American Camp over the summer, drawing rave reviews from recruiting analysts in attendance:
“If he makes the move to the United States, he has the look of a five-star prospect,” said Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.
“He looks like he will be one of the premier prospects in the class of 2015,” said Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi.
“Simmons would likely be the No. 1 player in the class of 2015 if he attended high school in the United States,” said CBSSports.com’s Jeff Borzello.
Simmons will join a Montverde squad that already includes five-star players Kasey Hill, Dakari Johnson and D’Angelo Russell. Montverde is No. 1 in the country according to the latest ESPN power rankings. There is no specific timetable for Simmons’ first game with his new school, but he is expected to play for the Eagles soon.
The 16-year-old Aussie told NBAMate.com in November that he plays “a similar game to Rudy Gay,” the Memphis Grizzlies star. He said in the same interview that it was too early to be thinking about a college decision, but mentioned LSU and Washington as schools that are already recruiting him. LSU assistant David Patrick is Simmons’ godfather.
Simmons’s recruitment should take shape once he gets to the States. And, if he’s as good as advertised, it would be a surprise if John Calipari doesn’t get involved at some point.