LSU’s Ben Simmons is ineligible for the national Wooden Award ballot, reportedly for academic reasons.

By SI Wire
March 05, 2016

LSU’s Ben Simmons is ineligible for the final Wooden Award ballot, and is not listed among the latest set of finalists for the award.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reports Simmons’s ineligibility pertains to his academics. An LSU spokesman told ESPN that Simmons “did not have the necessary criteria to be eligible.” Simmons was listed on the previous set of award nominees Feb. 10.

The Wooden Award maintains a minimum 2.0 GPA as a criteria for eligibility. Voting begins March 14.

Simmons, the likely top pick in the upcoming NBA draft, is averaging 19.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists as a freshman. The 6'10" forward was benched at the start of a game against Tennessee for an academic issue last month.

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The compete list of players on the national Wooden ballot is below.

Grayson Allen

Duke

ACC

6-5

Soph.

G

Malcolm Brogdon

Virginia

ACC

6-5

Sr.

G

Kris Dunn

Providence

Big East

6-4

Jr.

G

Perry Ellis

Kansas

Big 12

6-8

Sr.

F

Kahlil Felder

Oakland

Horizon

5-9

Jr.

G

Yogi Ferrell

Indiana

Big Ten

6-0

Sr.

G

Josh Hart

Villanova

Big East

6-5

Jr.

G

Buddy Hield

Oklahoma

Big 12

6-4

Sr.

G

Brice Johnson

North Carolina

ACC

6-10

Sr.

F

Georges Niang

Iowa State

Big 12

6-8

Sr.

F

Jakob Poeltl

Utah

Pac-12

7-0

Soph.

F

Melo Trimble

Maryland

Big Ten

6-3

Soph.

G

Tyler Ulis

Kentucky

SEC

5-9

Soph.

G

Jarrod Uthoff

Iowa

Big Ten

6-9

Sr.

F

Denzel Valentine

Michigan State

Big Ten

6-5

Sr.

G

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