This has been discussed at length the last two days on Twitter, in blogs, on the radio and probably in work places. After LSU dropped a game to Houston yesterday to fall 4-4, many – including Eamonn Brennan from ESPN – wondered if LSU is wasting Ben Simmons.
Obviously there was a large debate about that statement with a ton of time left in the season. The one flip side though is LSU doesn’t have a ton of chances for quality wins, so they need to start making a run and making it run now. Before the season started many thought the addition of a player like Simmons to LSU or Malik Newman to Mississippi State would help the SEC because other teams besides Kentucky would finally have that big name talent.
Well, what about now with these guys on the path to miss the NCAA Tournament? The end goal for these guys is obviously to make the NBA and improve draft stock, but you have to think they are too competitive to enjoy not winning at the NCAA level. I don’t think right away there will be a huge benefit to the likes of Kentucky, Duke and Kansas if LSU, Mississippi State and Cal all miss the NCAA Tournament this year. However, if this is a trend that continues for 3-4 years, look for those All-Americans to stop ‘staying at home’ and going to the programs that win and get them to the NBA.