#5 Ben Best
|HOMETOWN||Drummond, Wis. (Drummond HS)|
2016-17 (Senior): Selected as a team captain... Started in 27 of 28 games played averaging 25 minutes a game... Totaled 345 points shooting .533 from the field (146-274), went 8-31 from the 3-point line, and made 45-86 free-throws (.523)... Recorded 146 rebounds, 15 blocks, and 18 steals with 39 total assists... Recorded a season high 25 points vs St. Cloud State (Jan. 6) shooting 10-18 from the field, 1-3 beyond the arc and sinking 4-7 free throws... Played in a season high 33 minutes at Minnesota Duluth (Dec. 02).
2015-16 (Junior): Started in all 27 games, averaging 26 minutes a game…Scored 318 points on 52.3 percent from the field (124-for-237), a 36.1 percent effort from beyond the arc (13-for-36) and a 70.4 percent mark from the free throw line (57-for-81)… Totaled 138 rebounds (3.8 rpg) and added 22 blocks, 16 steals, and 37 assists… Recorded a season-high 28 points versus Wayne State (Dec. 12) on 10-for-16 (62.5%) shooting from the field and went 8-8 on freethrows… Brought down a season-high of 14 rebounds at Southewest State (Feb. 5)… Played a season-high 37 minutes versus St. Cloud State (Jan. 10)... Was named to the 2015-16 Winter NSIC All-Academic Team.
2014-15 (Sophomore): Averaged 17.6 minutes a game in 19 appearances…Scored 163 points on 57.6 percent from the field (68-for-118), a 30.8 percent effort from beyond the arc (4-for-13) and a 71.9 percent mark from the free throw line (23-for-32)… Totaled 73 rebounds (5.1 rpg) and added seven blocks, 15 steals, and 13 assists… Recorded a season-high 16 points twice, the last time was at Augustana (Dec. 12) on 7-for-8 (87.5%) shooting from the field and 0-1 from beyond the arc… Brought down a season-high of nine rebounds… Played a season-high 36 minutes versus Minnesota Duluth (Dec. 6).
2013-14 (Freshman): Totaled 17 minutes in eight appearances… Totaled eight points on 4-of-6 (66.7%) from the field… Pulled down seven rebounds and added an assist… Scored six points and added two rebounds in five minutes versus St. Scholastica (Nov. 23) on a 3-for-3 effort from the field… Recorded a season-high three rebounds and scored two points in collegiate debut versus Mayville State (Nov. 13).
High School: Recorded 18.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a senior for Drummond High School to earn Wisconsin Associated Press All-State Fourth Team and Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division 5 All-State honors… Added 73 assists and 72 steals in 2012-13 and guided the Lumberjacks to a 24-3 overall record and their second consecutive appearance at the state tournament… Totaled more than 1,000 points in his career… Named Indianhead All-Conference Player of the Year twice… Listed as a WBCA all-state performer as a junior after posting 18.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game and lifting DHS to a 24-4 overall mark, Indianhead Conference Western Division Title and a state appearance... Four-year varsity player for basketball also earned an all-conference first team nod as a sophomore… A three-sport athlete for the Lumberjacks, Best has earned 12 varsity letters and earned all-conference laurels in basketball, baseball and cross country… Finds success in the classroom as an A-Honor Roll student and WIAA scholar athlete.
Personal: Born May 21, 1995… Son of Charles and Chris Anne Best… Undecided on an academic major.
2016-17 Season Highs:
Points: 25 vs St. Cloud State (1/6/17)
FG made: 10, 2x last at Minot State (1/20/17)
FG attempts: 18 vs St. Cloud State (1/6/17)
3Pt FG made: 1, 6x, last at U-Mary (1/21/17)
3Pt FG attempts: 3, 3x, last vs St. Cloud State (1/6/17)
FT made: 5, 2x, last vs Concordia-St.Paul (1/27/17)
FT attempts:11 vs Concordia-St. Paul (1/27/17)
Rebounds: 13 vs Concordia-St. Paul (1/27/17)
Assists: 3, 2x last at U-Mary (1/20/17)
Steals: 3 vs Northland (11/26/16)
Blocked 2, 3x, last at Augustana (2/4/17)
Minutes: 33 at Minnesota Duluth (12/2/16)
Points: 28 vs Wayne State (12/12/15)
FG made: 10, 3x, last at Minot State (1/20/17)
FG attempts: 18 vs St. Cloud State (1/6/17)
3Pt FG made: 3 at Minot State (1/2/16)
3Pt FG attempts: 5 at Minot State (1/2/16)
FT made: 9 vs St. Cloud State (1/10/16)
FT attempts: 11 vs Concordia-St. Paul (1/27/17)
Rebounds: 14 at Southwest State (2/5/16)
Assists: 5 at Minnesota-Crookston (11/28/15)
Steals: 3, x4 vs Northland (11/29/16)
Blocked Shots: 4, x2 last at St. Cloud State (12/4/15)
Minutes: 37 vs St. Cloud State (1/10/16)