The people’s Mr. Basketball, Ben Simons, impressive in Drake debut

Posted: November 16, 2009 by Jared Field in College
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Ben Simons

The pride of northern Michigan, Ben Simons, made his collegiate debut over the weekend and looked pretty darn good doing it — he scored 12 points on four second half 3-pointers.

He also swiped a game-high four steals.

Simons, only by the sheer elitism of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, was robbed of the Mr. Basketball award last season because Drake isn’t prestigious enough for Michigan’s coaching cabal.

They gave the award to Derrick Nix who lost some weight and went to Michigan State.

Simons finished second in the voting and was the best all-around player in the state as a senior (30 ppg and eight boards) and the player who had the best individual season — the latter is the award’s criterion, in fact.

— By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops

  1. nick says:

    11 points and 14 rebounds for Nix in his debuet at MSU.


  2. Jared Field says:

    In a big win over the vaunted frontline of Northern Michigan.

  3. SBell says:

    24 points on 8-of-11 shooting vs. Iowa State, easy ammunition for the predictable call that Simons gets it done only against mid-major (or “Northern Michigan”) competition. I’ll follow with interest the careers of Simons, Matt Vogrich and Tim Hardaway at U-M and Russell Byrd at MSU. In-state schools may end up looking really removed and arrogant on this one.

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