* Good defensive player/shot blocker
* Consistent rebounder
* Has a face-up game
* Needs to gain size and strength
* Free throw shooting needs work
Low first round to second-round pick. He'll have to get bigger to bang in the paint, and he'll also have to gain the confidence to unleash his perimeter game more often.
Benson was voted the Summit League's Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, the first player in league history to earn both honors. He helped lead the program to a 34-2 conference record the last two years, the best in the nation.
17.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.8 tpg, 3.6 bpg, 32.4 mpg, .547 FG, .391 3PT, .643 FT
Benson, who was second in the country with his average of 3.6 blocked shots per game, finished as the Summit League's all-time leading shot blocker (371) and was just the second player in league history to pile up more than 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds.
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What Insiders Say:
Oakland coach Greg Kampe
"He needs to get stronger, but [the NBA] will do that. Scouts have talked to me about defense. Pick-and-roll defense. Listen, I want him on the floor. I don't want him running out there now, getting in foul trouble, being aggressive and stuff like that. I don't want that. I want to win and I want him to be on the floor. When I talk to those guys, I say you guys teach him that stuff. You guys make him tougher."
What Outsiders Say:
Ohio State coach Thad Matta
"Keith Benson is a great player for them. I mean a really great player."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 0-for-0; 2008-09, 0-for-1 (.000); 2009-10, 2-for-5 (.400); 2010-11, 9-for-23 (.391). Totals: 11-for-29 (.379).|