A second member of LSU’s third-ranked recruiting class from last winter was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
LSU forward Ben Simmons made it two-for-two for the weekly honor for the Tigers as guard Antonio Blakeney, who scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds in the season opener with McNeese State on Nov. 13, shared it with Kentucky forward Skal Labissiere in the first week of the season.
In two games last week against Kennesaw State and South Alabama, Simmons averaged 22.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals to help LSU push its winning streak to three games.
With career highs of 23 points and 16 rebounds against South Alabama on Thursday night, Simmons became the first SEC freshman to have a 20-point, 15-rebound game since Kentucky’s Julius Randle did it during the 2013-14 season.
Simmons will lead LSU (3-0) against Marquette (1-2) on Monday night in the semifinals round of the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in New York. Tipoff time is 6 p.m. wiht the game to be televised by ESPNU.
LSU up two spots in coaches poll, one in AP
LSU moved up two spots to 17th in the USA Today coaches poll that was released Monday afternoon and gained a spot to No. 22 in the AP writers and broadcasters poll.
The Tigers, who were 19th in the first two USA Today rankings, dropped two notches from the AP preseason poll after a season-opening win over McNeese State last week.
LSU went 2-0 this past week, beating Kennesaw State (91-69) and South Alabama (78-66).
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