Ben Simmons is an Australian professional basketball. He currently represents the Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Moreover, he started his gameplay in his high school in Australia and also played in the Australian national team. He then left school to enter the NBA draft, becoming the third Melbourne-born number one overall pick.
On arrival in the US, he played college basketball for one season with the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers. After that, he was named a consensus first-team All-American and the USBWA National Freshman of the Year. Following that, the 76ers selected him as the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. But in his first year, he had to sit out a year due to an injured right foot.
Caption: The Basketball player, Ben Simmons.
Source: CBS Sports
Ben Simmons: Bio, Family, Education
The athlete was born on 20 July 1996 as Benjamin David Simmons in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He was born as the youngest child to father Dave and mother Julie. He has a mixed ethnicity of African-American from his father’s side while White Australian from his mother’s. Further, he has five brothers and sisters: Melissa, Emily, Liam, Sean, and Olivia. In which the first four half-siblings are from his mother’s previous marriage.
Furthermore, his father had played college basketball for Oklahoma City University in the United States. He later began to play as a professional with the Melbourne Tigers in Australia’s National Basketball League in 1989. On the other hand, his mother was a cheerleader.
When he was 18 months, his family moved to Newcastle where he began to play basketball from the age of seven. At the time, he was in the Newcastle Hunters’ under-12 representative team and played two more years for Lake Macquarie and Newcastle. Besides basketball, he had also played junior rugby league. But in his teenage, he left to choose basketball in which he had made a great.
Ben Simmons: Career & Life Achievements
He started his basketball career from a young age and notably started to play during his sophomore high school year. That time he left Melbourne and attended Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida. But he later committed to Louisiana State University in October 2013. He was also listed as the No. 1 power forward and the No. 1 player in the nation in 2015 following his veteran performance in his high school.
He began his undergraduate career with the LSU Tigers men’s basketball team on a four-stop national tour in Australia during his freshman year. In 2015, he made his college debut with LSU’s season opener where he recorded a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds as a starter in a win over McNeese State.
After successful collegiate years, Brown and the 76ers selected him with the first overall choice in the 2016 draft on June 23. This makes him the third Melbourne-born number one overall pick in 11 years following Kyrie Irving in 2011 and Andrew Bogut in 2005. He previously had not participated in the NCAA Tournament despite that he was the first collegiate player in the modern era to be taken with the first overall choice.
Unfortunately, he had to sit on a bench due to his right ankle injury during the 76ers’ final training camp for a year. On 18 October 2017, he made his NBA debut with 18 points and 10 rebounds in a 120–115 season-opening loss to the Washington Wizards. Recently, he is rumored to trade however, it is not confirmed yet.
Ben Simmons: Personal Life & Married
Speaking of his personal life, he has not shared exact information on his private life in the media. However, he was seen chatting and giggling as well as kissing the British television presenter, Maya Jama. Nonetheless, they have not confirmed their relationship publically.
Previously, he was linked with many celebrities and non-celebrities including Brittany Renner, Amber Rose, Dylan Gonzalez, Tinashe. He had also attracted media attention for his link-up with Kendell Jenner in 2018. Also, both of the parties had not confirmed their relationship officially despite seeing them hanging out with each other on several occasions.
Caption: Ben Simmons and Maya Jama.
Ben Simmons: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
Talking about his earning, he has been amassing quite a hefty amount from his career at the National Basketball Association. Further, he also appears in magazines and promotes/endorses brands from which he is collecting a profitable amount. Therefore, he has an estimated net worth of around $6 million. Additionally, he has listed his 10,477-square-foot New Jersey mansion for just under $5 million that he bought for $2.3 million.
He is highly active over different social media platforms with verified accounts. On Instagram, he has an account @bensimmons with 5.9 million followers. He has a Twitter account @bensimmons25 with 1 million followers. Also, he has a Facebook account under his name with 562k followers.
Ben Simmons: Body Measurements
As an athlete, he has a fit and flexible body that measures 39 inches chest size with unknown measurements of waist and hips. His body stands to a height of 6 feet 10 inches or 2.08 meters and weighs around 104 kg. He has black eyes color as well as the same hair color.