Oakland University center Keith Benson and coach Greg Kampe earn Summit League high honors
Oakland Junior Keith Benson was named the Summit League Player of the Year, while head coach Greg Kampe was voted as the Summit League Coach of the Year. The Golden Grizzlies captured the regular-season title with a new league record in wins (17-1) and winning percentage (.944).
Joining Benson on the all-league first team was senior point guard Johnathon Jones. Senior forward Derick Nelson earned all-league second-team accolades, while junior transfer Larry Wright was named to the All-Newcomer Team.
Benson, a 6-foot-11 center from Farmington Hills, led the league in blocks (102), rebounds (311) and double-doubles (16). He led the Golden Grizzlies with 17.4 points per game and broke his own single-season school record in blocks, also setting a new record in defensive rebounds (217).
Jones broke the league record with 796 career assists and ranks third in the nation at 6.5 assists per game. He is averaging 12.7 ppg and ranks third in the league with 59 steals.
Wright, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, is also averaging double figures for Oakland at 10.8 ppg. His .923 free-throw percentage currently ranks first in school history and would be second-best in league history. Wright has made 31 consecutive free throws heading into the tournament.
Oakland opens play as the No. 1 seed at the Summit League Tournament Saturday against Missouri-Kansas City at 7 p.m.
(Oakland Press file photo/VAUGHN GURGANIAN)