By Andrew Porter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ben Simmons became the first college basketball player in 20 years to average at least 19 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists (19.2 PPG, 11.8 RBP, 4.8 APG).

And he did it as a freshman, on a bad LSU team.

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Simmons is expected to be the 1st overall pick of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Let’s marvel at his five best college basketball games.

5. November 23rd, 2015: 81-80 loss vs. Marquette


21 points (6-14 FG, 9-11 FT), 20 rebounds, 7 assists, 0 blocks, 2 steals, 3 turnovers

This is the only loss on the list, but I can’t leave off a 20-20, near triple-double, performance. You’d like to see him be more aggressive on that final possession, though.


4. March 1st, 2016: 80-71 win vs. Missouri


22 points (6-8 FG, 10-11 FT), 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 0 blocks, 2 steals, 6 turnovers

This was a big conference win for LSU over Missouri. Simmons did have six turnovers, but missed just three shots and was three assists shy of a triple-double.

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3. November 16th, 2015: 91-69 win over Kennesaw State


22 points (11-17 FG, 0-0 FT), 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, 4 steals, 0 turnovers

Granted it’s Kennesaw State, but this is another near triple-double with zero turnovers. That’s impressive, nevermind the defensive stats as well.

2. January 2nd, 2016: 90-82 win over Vanderbilt


36 points (10-15 FG, 16-19 FT), 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 1 steal, 2 turnovers

One of Simmons’ biggest criticism is his jump shot. This night, he missed just three of 19 foul shots en route to 36 points. It’s not easy to score 36 against an SEC team.


1. December 2nd, 2015: 119-108 win over North Florida


43 points (15-20 FG, 13-15 FT), 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks, 5 steals, 2 turnovers

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Look at that line. I don’t care who you’re playing. If you drop 43 and miss just five shots from the field against any team in college basketball, that’s impressive. Not to mention the 14 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks, and five steals to go along with the 43 points. Sheesh.