LSU rookies Ben Simmons, Antonio Blakeney clean up at NBA postseason awards show
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They may not have spent too much time together at LSU, but former Tigers teammates Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney are making their presences felt in the professional leagues. Early.
— LSU Basketball (@LSUBasketball) June 26, 2018
Simmons, the No. 1 draft pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2016, and Blakeney, a member of the Chicago Bulls organization, were named the NBA Rookie of the Year and NBA G League Rookie of the Year, respectively, for the 2017-18 season. Simmons averaged 15.8 points, 8.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds per game as a rookie after missing the 2016-17 season with an injury.
Blakeney, meanwhile, led the G League with 32 points per game, adding 6.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest. He also appeared in 19 games with the Bulls in the NBA this past season, averaging 7.9 points per game off the bench.
Blakeney and Simmons arrived at LSU together as a part of the Tigers’ heralded 2015 recruiting class. The Tigers’ class ranked No. 10 in the country behind Simmons, Blakeney and Brandon Sampson, all of whom ranked as top-60 prospects. That class was LSU’s best until this season, which, behind the two 5-star prospects signed by Will Wade, the Tigers rank in the top 3 in the nation according to 247Sports.
In their one year of overlap at LSU, Simmons and Blakeney led the Tigers to a 19-14 season and a 12-8 mark in SEC play. Simmons averaged 19.2 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, while Blakeney averaged 12.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
LSU football snagged another commitment on Monday, its sixth in less than week. This time, the commit came from 3-star Alabama linebacker Kendall McCallum. McCallum is massive for an inside linebacker, measuring 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds.
McCallum is the third linebacker and second inside linebacker committed for the Class of 2019. He joins Texas 4-star product Marcel Brooks and Mississippi 3-star inside backer Zach Edwards. The Tigers are also thought to be in the running to earn a commitment from Marrero, La., product Donte Starks. Starks will announce his commitment on July 8.
This is the end, part 2
As some of you may know, this is the final week of the Bayou Bengal Briefing. So, to commemorate the ending, this week I’m making a list of some of my favorite endings. On Monday, we looked at the best finales from the sitcom world. We’ll return to sitcoms briefly on Thursday. But for Tuesday, let’s take a quick look at what makes a good ending to a movie.
There are so many great movie endings, from Gone With the Wind to Casablanca and from There Will Be Blood to Dr. Strangelove. No scene does a better job of encapsulating what an ending should feel like than the boredom and regret you find in The Graduate. And I’d kick myself if I didn’t mention Sing Street one more time during the Bayou Bengal Briefing.
But I’m gonna finish this dispatch with the movie clip that is more ingrained in my memory that doesn’t involve Mike Myers singing Bohemian Rhapsody. Yep. Let’s just pull up a chair and all together watch the last scene from Rocky.