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76ers select LSU's Ben Simmons first overall

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

We knew it was coming for weeks, but it’s now official. The Philadelphia 76ers selected LSU’s Ben Simmons first overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Simmons entered college as the favorite to go first overall, and nothing changed after a year at LSU. Simmons’ numbers were outstanding. As a freshman, he averaged 19.2 points per game and 11.8 rebounds per game. He also led the team with 158 assists.

“It’s amazing,” Simmons said on the broadcast. “I’m happy the 76ers chose me. I’ve been working so hard to get to this point. It’s a great city, and I’m looking forward to getting to Philly.”

The Australian native becomes the first player taken by Philadelphia first overall since Allen Iverson in 1996.

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