LSU’s Ben Simmons, who Monday was named a USA Today third-team All-American, picked up three more honors Tuesday.

Simmons was chosen as USA Today’s national freshman of the year by a panel of writers and later Tuesday morning received the top freshman honor when the Southeastern Conference coaches revealed their postseason awards.

Simmons was also named an All-SEC first-team pick and was included on the All-Freshman team in a vote of the league’s 14 coaches.

The Melbourne, Australia, native was also voted Tuesday as the District VII player of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The district is made up of schools in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas and is voted on by USBWA members from that district.

In a story announcing the selection of Simmons as its top freshman, USA Today said the 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward was “consistently dazzling” whether he was taking the ball from one end of the court to the other or with a “jaw-dropping pass to a teammate.”

Heading into LSU’s SEC tournament opener on Friday, Simmons is averaging 19.6 points, 11.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game with a nation’s-best six 20-10-5 games. He leads his team in each of those categories as well as in steals and blocked shots.

While Simmons leads all NCAA freshmen in rebounding average and is third among freshmen scorers, he could become the first men’s player in 20 seasons to average 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game.

Simmons also leads the SEC with 22 double-doubles this season, which puts him fifth in the nation.

Simmons was the only LSU player to garner either first- or second-team All-SEC honors. There were eight players each on the first and second teams because the league doesn’t break ties.

LSU guard Antonio Blakeney did join Simmons on the eight-man All-Freshman team.

Blakeney, who is averaging 19.7 points per game over the Tigers’ past nine outings, is averaging 12.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the season.

Joining Simmons as an All-SEC first-team pick is Vanderbilt center Damian Jones, a Baton Rouge native, who made it for the second year in a row.

Jones, a 7-foot junior who graduated from Scotlandville High, is averaging 14.2 points and 7.1 rebounds this season. He’s scored in double figures 25 times in 31 games with 20 or more points in six of those contests.

Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis was chosen as the SEC’s player of the year and Texas A&M’s Billy Kennedy, a Metairie native and former Southeastern Louisiana coach, earned coach of the year honors.

In his fifth season, Kennedy led A&M to a 24-7 overall record and 13-5 mark in league play to earn a share of the regular-season title with Kentucky.

Texas A&M will be the No. 1 seed for the SEC tournament that begins Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kennedy was also the choice for coach of the year in the USBWA’s District VII voting.

Joining Simmons on the 11-team District VII team were UL-Lafayette center Shawn Long, Louisiana Tech guard Alex Hamilton and Baylor forward Rico Gathers, a LaPlace native.

Long, a 6-11 senior, averages 18.8 points and 12.9 rebounds for the Ragin’ Cajuns, while Hamilton, a 6-4 senior, averages 20.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.2 assists for the Bulldogs.

Gathers, a 6-8 senior, gets 11.3 points and 9.1 rebounds for Baylor.

Jones was a member of the District IV team as chosen by the USBWA.

Simmons is also one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy and is a candidate for two awards presented by the USBWA: the Oscar Robertson Trophy for the nation’s top player and the Wayman Tisdale Award for the top freshman.

Simmons was also up for the Wooden Award, but was not included when the list was trimmed to 15 finalists Saturday because he didn’t meet all the criteria to be a candidate for the award.

First Team All-SEC

(in alphabetical order)

F Michael Carrera, South Carolina, Sr.

G/F Jalen Jones, Texas A&M, Sr.

C Damian Jones, Vanderbilt, Jr.

G Stefan Moody, Ole Miss, Sr.

G Jamal Murray, Kentucky, Fr.

G Retin Obasohan, Alabama, Sr.

F Ben Simmons, LSU, Fr.

G Tyler Ulis, Kentucky, So.

Second Team All-SEC

G Wade Baldwin, Vanderbilt, So.

G Alex Caruso, Texas A&M, Sr.

F Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida, Sr.

G J.J. Frazier, Georgia, Jr.

G Danuel House, Texas A&M, Sr.

F Moses Kingsley, Arkansas, Jr.

F Yante Maten, Georgia, So.

G Kevin Punter, Tennessee, Sr.

SEC All-Freshman Team

G KeVaughn Allen, Florida

G Antonio Blakeney, LSU

C Tyler Davis, Texas A&M

F DJ Hogg, Texas A&M

G Jamal Murray, Kentucky

F Kevin Puryear, Missouri

F Ben Simmons, LSU

G Quinndary Weatherspoon, Miss. State

SEC All-Defensive Team

G Alex Caruso, Texas A&M, Sr.

F Moses Kingsley, Arkansas, Jr.

F Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt, Jr.

G Retin Obasohan, Alabama, Sr.

G Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina, Jr.

G Tyler Ulis, Kentucky, So.

Coach of the Year: Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M

Player of the Year: Tyler Ulis, Kentucky

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Retin Obasohan, Alabama

Freshman of the Year: Ben Simmons, LSU

Sixth-Man of the Year: Duane Notice, South Carolina

Defensive Player of the Year: Tyler Ulis, Kentucky


(Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas)

Rico Gathers, Baylor; Alex Hamilton, Louisiana Tech; Danuel House, Texas A&M; Jalen Jones, Texas A&M; Moses Kingsley, Arkansas; Shawn Long, Louisiana; Nic Moore, SMU; Taurean Prince, Baylor; Ben Simmons, LSU; Isaiah Taylor, Texas; Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin.

Player of the Year: Ben Simmons, LSU

Coach of the Year: Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M

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