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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Whose jersey will rake in the dough?

Aside from seeing the Oakland team belt out a tune tonight at JD's Key Club in Pontiac, I'm quite interested to find out whose jersey will fetch the most coin in a silent auction. I won't be bidding, but here's who will bring the most cash and why (keep in mind I'm not a sports collectible hobbyist, although I do have a decent basketball card collection):
1. Keith Benson - Guy's a future NBA first-rounder. A diamond pulled from the rough by Kampe's crew. Guessing about $500. With signature: $600
2. Johnathon Jones - Two-time All-Summit League selection led the nation in assists two seasons ago and holds the league's all-time record. School's all-time winningest player led the Grizzlies to much success last season: $275
3. Derick Nelson - Turned down pro offers after injury-marred season, returned to Oakland in a lesser role than in previous years and it paid off. Now his jersey brings in money for OU: $250
4. Larry Wright - A well-known talent before he got to Oakland, Wright pumped in 11 ppg. and made the Summit League All-Newcomer team. $195
5. Drew Maynard/Blake Cushingberry - Couldn't really decide between the two who should round out the top five. Both have good local followings. They're friends, so maybe they'll buy each other's jerseys. $150 each.

For the record, I believe they will be auctioning off NCAA tournament jerseys.


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