Ben Simmons is not exactly a fan of going to college. The moment he stepped onto the floor wearing an LSU jersey, you had this feeling Simmons couldn’t wait for the year to end. In Showtime’s documentary One & Done, the Australian phenom took it a level higher saying going to college “was a waste of time.”
Expectedly, that did not sit well with NCAA president Mark Emmert.
“If someone wants to be a pro basketball player and doesn’t want to go to college, don’t go to college,” Emmert said, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate. “We don’t put a gun to your head.”
As for Simmons’ complaint about the one-and-done rule making the college experience “kind of pointless,” since he can’t get a degree in two semesters, Emmert agrees. Yet he reminded the 76ers forward that the NCAA has nothing to do with the rule.
“I’d love nothing more than for the NBA to get rid of that rule. We’ve made it really clear to the (NBA) players’ union and the leadership of the NBA that we very much would like it changed.”
OK, apparently Ben not going to his classes, as he himself admitted, has its drawbacks. It’s not the NCAA’s fault the rule was in place; it’s the NBA owners, players association, and their collective bargaining agreement that made the “stupid” rule possible.
But that’s not the only issue Simmons raised. He also claimed he was offered everything but the kitchen to play for LSU. That, however, is harder to prove but nonetheless, an issue that has long plagued the NCAA.