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Monday, March 15, 2010

Oakland center Keith Benson named Mid-Major All-America

From staff reports

ROCHESTER - Junior Keith Benson was named Mid-Major All-America First Team, announced by on Monday. Benson, a native of Farmington Hills, led The Summit League in blocks (116), rebounds (358) and double-doubles (18).

Joining Benson on the All-America teams from The Summit League were IUPUIs Alex Young (Second Team) and Robert Glenn (honorable mention).

Benson was named Summit League Player of the Year prior to the conference tournament and posted back-to-back double-doubles in the first two games, before grabbing 17 boards in the title game to help lead OU to its second tourney title. He finished inside the top 10 nationally in blocks (3.4 per game) and double-doubles. Mid-Major Player of the Year: Gordon Hayward, Butler, So First-Team Mid-Major All-America
G Charles Jenkins, Hofstra
G Gordon Hayward, Butler
G/F Ryan Wittman, Cornell
F Keith Benson, Oakland
C Artsiom Parakhouski, Radford

2010 Mid-Major All-America Teams
Second-Team Mid-Major All-America
G Shelvin Mack, Butler
G CJ McCollumn, Lehigh
F Kenneth Faired, Morehead St
F Alex Young, IUPUI
C Adnan Hodzic, Lipscomb

Third-Team Mid-Major All-America
G David Kool, Western Michigan
G Damian Lillard, Weber St
F Marqus Blakely, Vermont
F Larry Sanders, VCU
F Alex Franklin, Siena

Fourth-Team Mid-Major All-America
G Gerald Lee, Old Dominion
G Matt Janning, Northeastern
F Tyren Johnson, Louisiana-Lafayette
F Charles Garcia, Seattle
F Orlando Johnson, UCSB

Honorable Mention
Chaisson Allen, Northeastern
Noah Dahlman, Wofford
Rahmon Fletcher, UWGB
Jeff Foote, Cornell
Robert Glenn, IUPUI
Andrew Goudelock, Charleston
Joseph Harris, Coastal Carolina
Marquez Haynes, UT-Arlington
John Holland, Boston U
Reggie Holmes, Morgan St
Anthony Johnson, Montana
Matt Howard, Butler
Jeremy Lin, Harvard
Ashton Mitchell, Sam Houston St
Derek Needham, Fairfield
TJ Robinson, LBSU
Ryan Rossiter, Siena
David Schneider, William & Mary
Chris Singletary, Kent St
AJ Slaughter, Western Kentucky
Ben Smith, Jacksonville
Ryan Thompson, Rider
Dominic Waters, Portland St

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