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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.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Benson won't be alone in Atlanta

For anyone thinking former Oakland center Keith Benson would be out of his element in Atlanta, think again. His family has already established roots in the area, as his mother Janice Hale holds degrees from Spellman College, among others, and used to teach in the city. Her mother is also a Spellman grad, and her father a Morehouse alum. Benson even has several cousins in Atlanta.
“When we heard ‘Atlanta,’ you should have been here,” Hale told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Nobody in America knew how deep our roots went to Atlanta.”
If his biological lineage wasn't enough, Benson is expected to lean on fellow Birmingham Detroit Country Day alum and former NBA rookie of the year Chris Webber, who is now a studio analyst for TNT and resides in Atlanta.
Hale, who teaches at Wayne State University, told the AJC she plans to return to Atlanta "eventually."
Benson might need all the company he can get depending on how long this lockout lasts.


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