Oakland's Keith Benson and Johnathon Jones named NABC All-District
ROCHESTER - Oakland senior Johnathon Jones and junior Keith Benson were both named to the District 12 First Team as the National Association of Basketball Coaches selected its Division I All-District teams.
Jones ranks third in the nation with 6.4 assists per game and finished his career with a Summit League record 819 assists. He was named to the All-Summit League First Team and All-Tournament team. Jones started in a school-record 135 consecutive games and led the Golden Grizzlies to 85 wins during his four seasons, tied for the most by a single player.
Benson, a 6-foot-11 center from Farmington Hills, had one of the most successful seasons in school history. He grabbed a league-high 367 rebounds, one shy of the single-season league record, setting a new OU standard. Benson also led The Summit League with 18 double-doubles, blocked a school record 117 shots and led the team with 17.3 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game en route to being tabbed Summit League Player of the Year.
The NABC All-District teams are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America. The 240 student-athletes, from 24 districts, are eligible for the State Farm Division I All-America teams, to be announced April 3 at 11 a.m. at Bracket Town in the Indianapolis Convention Center during the NABC Convention and NCAA Final Four.
Joining Benson and Jones on the District 12 first team were IUPUI's Robert Glenn, Butler's Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack. Oakland finished the season with a school-record 26 wins, 17 league wins and league-record .944 winning percentage. The Golden Grizzlies advanced to their second NCAA tournament appearance in five seasons.