Barack Obama gives Ben Simmons a shoutout, calls him 'OK basketball player'

BY foxsports • January 14, 2016

President Barack Obama was in Baton Rouge on Thursday to give a speech at McKinley High School.

The basketball junkie was informed LSU phenom freshman Ben Simmons was in attendance and gave him a shoutout during his speech, jokingly calling him, "an OK basketball player."

Simmons, who is averaging 20.3 points, 12.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game for the Tigers, is a strong contender of National Player of the Year and the likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Simmons told Rob Krieger of WVUE FOX 8 that he was hoping to shoot hoops with the Commander in Chief.

Obama, responded to a tweet asking him to pick between Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Simmons, tweeted the Australian forward, "will be great." 

LSU returns to action on Saturday, hosting Arkansas at 5:30 p.m. EST.

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