LSU forward Ben Simmons has been named this week's SEC Player of the Week.
Simmons averaged 29 points, 16 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game last week in two games for the Tigers. Simmons started the week scoring 15 points and grabbing 18 rebounds against the College of Charleston. He finished the week with a 43 point, 14 rebound explosion against North Florida.
The 43 points scored is the most by an SEC player since Arkansas’ Rotnei Clarke had 51 against Alcorn State on Nov. 13, 2009. It is the most by an SEC freshman since Tennessee’s Allan Houston had 43 points against LSU on Feb. 10, 1990. Simmons is the fourth freshman in past 20 years with 40 points-10 rebounds in a game and first major college player to have a game of 40-10-5-5 in last 20 years.
Kentucky’s Isaiah Briscoe was named the SEC Freshman of the Week. He averaged 19 points and 4.5 rebounds against Illinois State and UCLA.