Showtime Lines Up Doc on Presumptive No. 1 NBA Draft Pick Ben Simmons
The premium cabler has been quietly filming the LSU phenom and Philadelphia 76ers' expected pick for two years.
Showtime Sports will chronicle basketball phenom Ben Simmons' single year at Louisiana State University and his entree into the NBA in a new feature documentary, One & Done, set to bow in October, just before the start of Simmons' rookie year in the professional ranks.
The Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday told Simmons that he would be the No. 1 overall draft pick, according to multiple reports. Showtime has been quietly chronicling the basketball player for the past two years, and the upcoming doc will heavily focus on Simmons' time at LSU, where he played his one-and-done year in order to satisfy a rule regulating eligibility for the NBA Draft. The film also will highlight his childhood in Australia, his high school experience in the U.S. and the influence of his family, especially his father David Simmons, a New York City native who played 13 professional seasons in the Australian National Basketball League.
One & Done, said Showtime Sports chief Stephen Espinoza, "chronicles a unique and pivotal period in a young man’s life. Over the last year, as Ben Simmons has transitioned from teenager to young adult, he has also transitioned from the relative anonymity of a supremely talented high school player to the national and international limelight of the exclusive fraternity of top NBA draft picks. Ben Simmons is navigating a path that, although dreamt of and aspired to for a lifetime, remains uncertain."
The doc also will explore the NBA's still controversial one-and-done rule, which was instituted in 2006 and requires high school players to be one year removed from graduation in order to be eligible for the draft.
One & Done is from executive producers Maura Mandt (There’s No Place Like Home, Of Miracles and Men), Dave Chamberlin and Josh Swade. It will join a slew of sports-themed docs featuring famous athletes and coaches including Kobe Bryant, Baron Davis, Dean Smith, Tony Gonzalez and Victor Cruz.