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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.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Benson snubbed by All-America voters

NBA prospect Keith Benson was again named All-America honorable mention Monday. To say Oakland coach Greg Kampe had higher aspirations for his prized pupil might be an understatement.
“That’s crap,” Kampe said when reached for comment Monday afternoon. “He should definitely be second or third team.
“Show me another big man who’s done what he’s done, the numbers he’s put up and the winning Oakland has done.”
Benson is the two-time conference player of the year and defensive player of the year this season. He became just the second player in Summit League history to surpass 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds. Benson was one of the nation’s leaders in defensive rebounds (7.4) and second in blocks per game (3.5).
Big Ten bigs Jared Sullinger and JaJuan Johnson were both first-team picks, while Kansas’ Marcus Morris and Arizona’s Derrick Williams made the second team. Fellow mid-major darling Kenneth Faried of Morehead State and Texas’ Jordan Hamilton were on the third team. Faried led the nation in rebounds, averaging 14.5 per game. Benson averaged 10.1 boards per game.
Benson ranked sixth in the country with a school-record 20 double-doubles and 31st in the nation with a .547 field goal percentage. His team-high 17.9 points per game finished fifth in the league.


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