Saturday, March 5, 2016

LSU's Ben Simmons Ineligible for Wooden Award

LSU freshman sensation has been ruled ineligible for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award due to academic certification.

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, Simmons apparently doesn't have the required 2.0 GPA to be eligible for the award.

Here's an excerpt:

Simmons was not among the 15 candidates announced Saturday for the John R. Wooden Award because LSU did not certify his eligibility for the award. According to a report by Jeff Goodman at ESPN, the school couldn't certify Simmons' eligibility for academic reasons.

It's possible for a player to be eligible to play and ineligible for the award because the standards for each are different.

The only academic requirement the Wooden Award has for eligibility are that a student-athlete "must have a cumulative 2.00 grade point average since enrolling in their current university." By comparison, the NCAA grade-point average requirements to remain eligible are:

Student-athletes must achieve 90 percent of the institution’s minimum overall grade-point average necessary to graduate (for example, 1.8) by the beginning of year two, 95 percent of the minimum GPA (1.9) by year three and 100 percent (2.0) by year four.

So it seems Simmons achieved at least a 1.8 GPA in his first semester at LSU, allowing him to remain eligible to compete, but he did not achieve at least a 2.0 and is not eligible for the award because of it. Simmons remains eligible for All-American teams and numerous other awards, all of which, like the Wooden Award, are free to set their own standards and criteria.

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