The Projected Number 1 Pick In The 2016 NBA Draft, Ben Simmons, Gets His Own Documentary For Showtime

Showtime Sports presents the original documentary ONE & DONE. Photo: Daymion Mardel/SHOWTIME Pictured: Ben Simmons

Photo: Daymion Mardel/SHOWTIME

Odds are that when the 2016 NBA Draft is over Ben Simmons will have been picked number one by the Philadelphia 76ers. Showtime Sports will make the basketball star the subject of an upcoming documentary, One & Done. The Documentary is due to air on Showtime in October.

Learn more about One & Done below, via a press release, from Showtime.

NEW YORK (June 21, 2016) — SHOWTIME Sports continues its expansion of unscripted, timely and compelling sports programming with a documentary film featuring projected No. 1 NBA Draft pick Ben Simmons. The network is collaborating with MAGGIEVISION Productions on the Simmons story and his journey to the NBA titled “ONE & DONE.” The feature length film will premiere in October just prior to the start of Simmons’ rookie NBA season. The announcement was made today by Executive Vice President & General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports Stephen Espinoza.

ONE & DONE examines the sprawling journey of Simmons from his Australian upbringing, to high school and college in America, to the top of the rookie class in the world’s foremost basketball league. Simmons endeavors to fulfill a lifelong dream, one shared by his family, including father David Simmons, a New York City native who played 13 professional seasons in the Australian National Basketball League.

The production, led by executive producers Maura Mandt (There’s No Place Like Home, Of Miracles And Men), Dave Chamberlin and Josh Swade, has been underway for two years with exclusive, intimate access to the highly touted, 19-year-old power forward from Melbourne. At the heart of the film is Simmons’ time on the NCAA men’s basketball team at Louisiana State University where he played his one and done year in order to satisfy a rule regulating eligibility for the NBA Draft. Production continues this week, as Simmons, his fellow NBA prospects and the basketball industry descend on Brooklyn, N.Y. for the 2016 NBA Draft.

“ONE & DONE chronicles a unique and pivotal period in a young man’s life,” said Espinoza. “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. ONE & DONE is dramatic and captivating with exclusive access to subject matter that is as timely as it is provocative.”

“It’s been an honor to have the opportunity to follow Ben for the past two years,” said Mandt. “The openness of Ben and his family during this remarkable transition in his life is truly unprecedented. Anyone can relate to a young person who has spent their life working toward a dream that is within their sights, while at the same time, not knowing what obstacles may lay ahead.”

The NBA’s one and done rule is not without controversy. Initiated in 2006, the rule requires that elite high school players who are ostensibly ready for the NBA must be one year removed from graduation in order to be eligible for the Draft. Since inception, it has sparked passionate debate on both sides. This debate will be explored in the film.

ONE & DONE will be co-directed by Mandt and Swade, collaborators from the 30 For 30 documentary “There’s No Place Like Home,” among other projects.

ONE & DONE is part of an expansive new lineup of unscripted documentary films from SHOWTIME Sports. Additional titles in the lineup include “THE DREW” (Baron Davis), “IVERSON,” “KOBE BRYANT’S MUSE,” “PLAY IT FORWARD” (Tony Gonzalez), and “DEAN SMITH.”

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network’s authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon and Google. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Hulu, Sony PlayStation® Vue and Amazon Prime Video. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™, and offers Smithsonian Earth™ through SN Digital LLC. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.

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