For those of us not yet supremely focused on college hoops, some pretty sweet NCAA history was made over the weekend as BYU senior Kyle Collinsworth tallied 26 points, 10 boards, and 10 assists in a win over Belmont. For the layman, that’s a triple-double, what has become a rarity in the college ranks since an NCAA game is just 40 minutes instead of a full 48 in the NBA.
It was just his first of the season but the 7th of his collegiate career, passing Shaquille O’Neal(LSU) and Michael Anderson(Drexel) to become the NCAA’s all time D-1 leader in triple-doubles.
Kyle Collinsworth broke the individual season mark for triple-doubles as a junior last year, notching 6 trifectas during the ’14-’15 season and was named an Honorable Mention All American.
What makes the mark even more impressive is that he failed to record a single triple double in any of his first 2 seasons at BYU, then returned from a severe knee injury to tally 7 within just 32 games over his junior and now senior seasons, making him perhaps the college’s ranks’ ultimate stat-stuffer.
This season, Michigan State’s Denvel Valentine already has 2 triple-doubles to his credit but it’s a safe bet that Kyle Collinsworth will have a chance at adding to his NCAA mark, potentially becoming the first ever NCAA player to reach double digits in triple-doubles.
An astute Michigan State fan might point out that former Spartan great Magic Johnson is believed to have tallied a total of at least 8 during his college career but assists weren’t kept as an official stat until 1984.
It’s unfortunate that BYU plays in a smaller conference and doesn’t get much TV exposure as the nation is being deprived of seeing one of the nation’s most underrated superstars.
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.