Ben Simmons has taken the basketball world by storm this past year even as LSU floundered some. His year will continue its ascendence Thursday when he is taken as the top pick in the NBA Draft.
That transition from college star as a freshman to NBA player will be an interesting one for Simmons. Simmons’ entire life is interesting in itself from his upbringing in Australia to his move to the United States and eventually playing college basketball.
Interesting enough for a documentary.
Showtime announced it is producing a documentary on Simmons entitled One and Done, chronicling his upbringing and collegiate career leading up to his selection as the top pick in the NBA Draft.
“One & Done chronicles a unique and pivotal period in a young man’s life,” said Stephen Espinoza, EVP & General Manager of Showtime Sports to Erik Pederson of Deadline. “Over the last year, as Ben Simmons has transitioned from teenager to young adult, he has also transitioned from the relative anonymity of a supremely talented high school player to the national and international limelight of the exclusive fraternity of top NBA draft picks. Ben Simmons is navigating a path that, although dreamt of and aspired to for a lifetime, remains uncertain.”
The documentary will be directed by the same team that directed the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary There’s No Place Like Home about the quest to return the original rules of basketball to Lawrence, Kansas, where James Naismith coached.
Simmons should certainly provide some good insight and there should be plenty of behind the scenes work to see as Simmons prepares to walk across the stage at the NBA Draft this week.
The documentary will premiere before the season begins in October.