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Sam Richmond | NCAA.com | January 14, 2016

Simmons gets shout-out from President Obama

  Ben Simmons became the first LSU player to be taken No. 1 overall since Shaquille O'Neal in 1992.

LSU's Ben Simmons has made quite the impression on college basketball fans this season, including none other than President Barack Obama.

Speaking in Batan Rouge on Thursday, Obama shouted out Simmons and his tremendous basketball talents.

Obama also gave Simmons a shout out during a Twitter chat after the speech.

Simmons is averaging 20.3 points, 12.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists as a freshman this season, so, yeah, he's worthy of such attention.

Simmons called Obama's praise, "surreal."