Australian phenom Ben Simmons had a rough year at LSU, with the Tigers going 19-14 and missing the post-season, but he’s still projected to go #1 in this years draft.
Simmons was also academically ineligible for the John Wooden, but that won’t stop hia checks on the next level. Already expected to make $100 million with NIKE, Simmons will most likely sign with Rich Paul and the Klutch Sports group — the agency that handles LeBron James, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe and Tristan Thompson.
LSU freshman star Ben Simmons, a possible No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, plans to sign with the LeBron James-funded Klutch Sports agency for his pro representation, league sources told The Vertical.
Rich Paul of Klutch Sports will serve as Simmons’ agent.
Simmons’ older sister, Emily Bush, has been a marketing/branding employee of Klutch since 2014. She is based in Scottsdale, Ariz. Her hiring came shortly after James and Paul started recruiting Simmons as a potential future client.
Within the basketball industry, it has been understood that Klutch has been the only real pro representation that Simmons has considered. Simmons, a native of Australia, has been the subject of a serious courtship by James, Paul and Klutch Sports since attending the LeBron James Skills Academy in 2014.
The arrangement for Klutch to represent Simmons has been in place for over a year, and agency papers to formalize the partnership are expected to be signed soon, sources said. Simmons will train in either Cleveland or Los Angeles in the predraft process, league sources said.
[Story via Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Yahoo! Sports.]