Lionel ‘L-Train’ Simmons has been appointed to the team for the 40th anniversary of MAAC
More than 30 years after his last game for the University of La Salle, Lionel “L-Train” Simmons is again honored for his sensational college career.
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference took place on July 7th announced the men’s basketball team for the 40th anniversary, celebrates its history and recognizes many great players who have attended the conference since its inception. In announcing its team for its 40th anniversary, the MAAC included players from schools that are no longer involved in the conference. Former MAAC schools include La Salle, Army, Fordham and Holy Cross. La Salle is now closing the Atlantic 10 conference.
Lionel Simmons is the conference’s leading scorer and rebounder. The 1989/90 NCAA player and winner of the John R. Wooden Award last year, L-Train, also has this award: he was the first NCAA player to score more than 3,000 (3,217) points put and more than snare 1,000 rebounds (1,429).
As a college senior, he joined the exclusive 3,000-point club. Other members before L-Train: Pete Maravich from the state of Louisiana, Freeman Williams from the state of Portland, Harry Kelly from Texas Southern and Hersey Hawkins from Bradley.
A look at Lionel Simmon’s legendary college career
In 2016 Lionel Simmons was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Lionel Simmons, a student legend in his hometown, played at South Philadelphia High School before arriving in La Salle in 1986.
He has profoundly influenced the Explorers program. Appendix A: The team set a record 100-31 during its four seasons at the MAAC school. He has been named MAAC Player of the Year three times. He was a First Team All-American consensus as a senior.
In addition, La Salle participated in the NCAA tournament in Lionel Simmons’ second, junior and senior season. The discoverers withdrew his jersey No. 22.
Simmons scored more than 20 points in each of his four college seasons. He ended his college career with the following averages: 24.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.9 blocks.
He wanted to emulate the stars
In February 1990, when his college career was drawing to a close, Lionel Simmons spoke about how he studied other players.
“I think a lot of people growing up want to be like a certain player and imitate him in every possible way,” Simmons told the Washington Post at the time. “I tried to see and take certain things from certain players and put everything together.
“I’ve always liked to pass – that may sound strange when I score 3,000 points – but to see Magic (Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers), a selfless player who is ready to pass before taking a shot and is perceived as great because of that – I tried to take that. When Moses (Malone, formerly in his 76s) was here, he was rewarded for being a rebounder, so I try to recover as much as I can. “
Career in the NBA
After leaving La Salle, L-Train played seven seasons for the Sacramento Kings (1990-97). Lionel Simmons, the No. 7 in the 1990 NBA draft, scored an average of 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a professional.
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