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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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

NBA Draft preview: Benson feature

Here's a snippet of the Keith Benson feature I'm writing at this very minute for Thursday's edition:

Benson poised to become first pick from Oakland

Oakland University coach Greg Kampe has repeatedly said there’s never going to be another Keith Benson. Kampe has said he’s never coached a player like him. That’s mighty praise for a kid who flew well below the recruiting radar out of high school.

Kampe pleaded with fans on several occasions to get to the O’rena to see the wunderkind wearing No. 34.

“Keith was a special player,” Kampe said. “We don’t get them very often, but who does?”

That’s coming from a coach who has helmed Oakland since its days in Division II, entering his 28th season this fall.

The 6-foot-11 Benson sits, wherever that may be on draft night, likely to be the first player ever drafted out of the now-18,000 strong school tucked away in Rochester. His career at Oakland ended in March, as he set himself at the free-throw line after time had expired. He was awarded two free throws, which he made, to close a four-point loss to Texas. Some of those Longhorns, Tristan Thompson and Jordan Hamilton, will be on the draft board near Benson in Newark, N.J., Thursday.

Read more online Wednesday and in Thursday's print edition of The Oakland Press.


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