St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade Prep senior power forward Jericole Hellems is the third Rivals.com four-star prospect to select NC State in the class of 2018. Hellems committed to NC State over South Carolina on Friday, joining post players Ian Steere and Immanuel Bates, who both play for Fayetteville (N.C.) Northwood Temple Academy. All three players share a common trait in that they ascended during the recruiting process. None were ranked in the Rivals150 going into the spring, but each ended the summer ranked. The 6-foot-7, 200-pound Hellems checks in at No. 99 overall in the country, with Steere at No. 104 and Bates at No. 110. The trio of prep recruits will be part of at least six newcomers available
Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent A day after his grand NBA regular season debut, Ben Simmons was keeping his feet on the ground. He lived up to all of the hype that has followed him since he moved from Australia to the US as a 16-year-old, broke records at his Florida high school and was a star on a mediocre team at Louisiana State University for a year. Rookies often crumble in their first fully-fledged NBA game, but Simmons had 18 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday for his Philadelphia 76ers against the Washington Wizards. "I have a lot to prove," Simmons told reporters on a global conference call on Thursday. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown raved about Simmons after the team's 120-115
Otto Porter Jr. didn't play AAU basketball. That makes the 24-year-old Washington Wizards forward something of an anomaly in today's NBA. Almost all of the sport's young stars played AAU (Amateur American Union) ball during their teenage years, as the league's long been known as a place for players to face elite competition while gaining exposure to college and pro scouts. It's not that Porter wasn't good enough to play AAU—plenty of teams would've loved to have him. But his father, Otto Porter Sr., believed it would be better for his son's development to train and play in their hometown. That may sound crazy when you consider that Porter grew up in Sikeston, a rural town in southeast Missouri.