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NBA Draft: Hear from Simmons, Dante, the Admiral & Aron Baynes

For months Australian Ben Simmons has been touted as the likely number 1 draft pick for the 2016 NBA Draft. Today that prediction came true with Ben being drafted to the Philadelphia 76ers. [ooyala code="ExN3NjNDE60JWqgSd7j7sUuytiivxtNW" player_id="d5b993422b3e4b5ebd61f9e19ca2a6a5" width="1920" height="1080" auto="true"] Following his selection Ben Simmons spoke with the media. “I'm happy to be part of the family now. It's a weight off my chest.  I've been looking forward to this day for a while, so I'm glad I've made history, not only for myself but my family and Australian basketball.” “It honestly feels like all this pressure just has hopped off me.  Now I can relax, but now I know where I'm going to be.  More importantly, I know where I'm headed and know I can really start working on what I need to work on for the team.” He had a message for all the fans down under as well. “I love everyone who's been supporting me back home in Australia.  I'll be back soon, so you guys will know when I'll be back, and looking forward to meeting everyone,” he said. In what can be a surreal experience for a young man surrounded by the world’s media and Twitter announcements every minute, Simmons said the Draft day had been incredibly. “It feels amazing, honestly.  I can't even -- my legs were shaking when I was on stage. Anything you want to do, you can do, honestly.  I've been wanting to do that since I was five, six, seven, and I've finally accomplished that.” With his friend Dante Exum here in Melbourne at the moment for Basketball without Borders Simmons said he was looking forward to getting on the court against his mate. “Dante, I'm definitely going at him when we play. We've had rivalries since we were like seven years old.  It's kind of weird seeing that relationship change from playing in the backyard to now we're going to be playing in the NBA.”
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