Jun 222013

UK Coach John Calipari got in touch with one of the best players in the class of 2015 on Friday night.

Ben Simmons — an Australian native who is playing for Montverde Academy (Fla.) — tweeted Friday that he had a “good talk” with Calipari.

Simmons already has offers from Duke, Florida, Ohio State, Washington and LSU. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward is considered the No. 3 overall prospect in the class of 2015 by ESPN. He’s also ranked highly by Rivals.com (5th), 24/7 Sports (5th) and Scout.com (10th).

Simmons moved to United States from Australia during the middle of last season and played the final few games for Montverde Academy alongside such players as UK freshman Dakari Johnson and Ohio State commitment D’Angelo Russell.

Montverde Coach Kevin Boyle talked to the Herald-Leader about Simmons earlier in the spring.

“Ben’s an extremely athletic kid,” Boyle said. “He’s approximately 6-8, 6-9. He actually shoots it a lot better than people realize. He came in and doesn’t know how good he is yet.

“He’s kind of like a point forward. He’s a real versatile player and I think he’s as good as anyone in the nation, in the world, at his age.”

Calipari has already offered four players from the class of 2015 — Skal Labissiere, Stephen Zimmerman, Charles Matthews and Malik Newman.

Simmons is a likely candidate to join that list in the near future.


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