Ben Simmons looked like a man among boys in his college debut, stuffing the stat-sheet as LSU won their season opener against McNeese State.
The 2.08m forward finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds and five assists as LSU picked up the 81-70 victory.
The US media gave their take on Simmons’ debut, where he posted an impressive — yet somewhat quiet — 11 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. LSU came up with the win, and praise was piled on the Aussie youngster.
Writing for The Times-Picayune, Jeff Duncan described Simmons’ passing skills as ‘otherworldly’, and even gave him credit for his activity on the defensive end.
“Simmons wasted little time in showing off his otherworldly passing skills. In the game’s first 5 minutes, he had a behind-the-back pass on the fast break to Tim Quarterman for a layup and a nifty no-look pass to Brandon Sampson for a dunk,” Duncan wrote.
“Ben Simmons’ star power was in full effect. He attracted a national television audience on ESPN and a crowd of 11,689 for his debut, the largest for an LSU opener since Shaquille O’Neal’s final season in 1991.”
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