Ben Simmons is having a solid year so far in his first official season of action, averaging 17.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Simmons recently sat down with Maverick Carter from Uninterrupted (Lebron to Philly rumors heating up?) and discussed not only his professional career so far but also his time at LSU. Simmons spent one year at Louisiana State before turning pro, something that he told Carter was “a waste of time.” Here is a portion of the interview:
Maverick Carter: After Monteverde you went to LSU, you were open about being one and done. Like, I’m here for one year, then I’m out. So is there even a point to go to college for that six, seven months?
Ben Simmons: If we didn’t, a lot of people would be losing money. So I think that’s the main reason. The NCAA, if they didn’t have the stars coming through, people wouldn’t be watching.
Carter: If I was as talented as you, would I see a point in that six or seven months of being there?
Simmons: I think no. I think I would have learned a lot more being around professional athletes. Looking at it now, I don’t really know what I learned, financially, or just being a person at LSU. I think I’ve learned a lot more this whole year in Philly, just being a pro, than I did at LSU.
Simmons stating the obvious here. The NCAA has such a firm grip on these amateur athletes, most of whom only go to school as a means to make it to the pros. With all the rules and regulations that screw over these athletes, on top of them not getting paid to begin with, these NCAA officials that preach how much they help and support these players are in fact doing them a great deal of disservice by virtually trapping them in situations that they do not want to or deserve to be in. It will be interesting to see if there will ever be another platform created to bridge the gap between amateur sports and the pros without the need for the NCAA.