Saturday, November 7, 2009

Summit Preseason Player of the Year: Keith Benson

National Hoops Report Summit Preseason Player of the Year
Keith Benson, C, Junior, Oakland

On what is the most talented low-major team in the country (and perhaps the very best low-major team in the country), Benson is one of the several players on Oakland’s roster that could be considered a preseason player of the year in the Summit.

Benson, a towering 6-11 center, is a shot-blocking machine (2.4 a game) and a player that continues to improve as a scorer (14.3 a game) and a rebounder (7.8 a game). Benson is also one of the premiere low post scorers in the country, ranking fourth in the nation in field goal percentage.

Coming out of the talent-ladened Detroit Country Day school, Benson didn’t jump off the pages as a prospect. In fact, he was strongly considered a role player, at best, for a low-major after averaging a humble 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds as a senior. Benson took a redshirt year his first year in college and is now a guy that NBA teams are watching.

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