Ben Simmons recently helped Montverde (FL) to a second national title in as many years, and the young forward credits the physicality of America’s game to his improved game.
“Coming over here for some camps like Pangos (AA camp), you really notice the difference in the physicality of the players,” Simmons said to USA TODAY Sports. “You really have to adjust.”
Well, it seems that he has adjusted well enough and his performance at the Dick Sporting Goods National Championship was key to the victory for Montverde. D’Angelo Russell was a big help as well, and the Ohio State Buckeyes recruit will have a shot to be the Big 10 freshman of the year next season.
Their head coach Kevin Boyle has been a huge help to both of the young players, and it will be his guiding hand that will enable them both to be ready for big time college basketball once the time comes. Montverde is currently building itself into a national high school power, and something tells me that they have not yet quite reached their peak. Boyle has been a steadying force for their program, and it does not hurt that he continually brings in five star recruits. If he can keep this up, then Montverde could be pushing Oak Hill for the unofficial title of best high school basketball program in the country.
Simmons still has one more year of high school left, and he will have a chance to claim an unprecedented third straight national title.