NBA Draft Watch 2016: Who Won Matchup Between Ben Simmons vs. Henry Ellenson?

November 23rd, 2015 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

Louisiana State University's Ben Simmons and Marquette's Henry Ellenson—two of the premier NBA prospects in the country—faced off in Brooklyn Monday night in what should end up being one of the more heavily scouted games of the season. 

And neither freshman disappointed, both putting up big numbers during a matchup that went down to the wire. Scouts were even lucky enough to see Simmons and Ellenson guard each other for much of the game. 

I ultimately broke down where each player shined and where each struggled during the Golden Eagles' 81-80 upset victory. 


The Good

Simmons' Transition Game

You could have put together an entire mixtape from this one game alone highlighting Simmons' prowess in transition. 

Throughout the night, he created quality scoring opportunities by initiating the break and beating Marquette's defense down the floor before it could set. Anytime he grabbed a defensive board, Simmons was off. 

He opened the night with a beautiful thread-the-needle bounce pass to a cutter in the open floor a ...

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