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Friday, March 23, 2012

Former Oakland center Keith Benson reportedly called up to Golden State Warriors

Photo courtesy of NBDL
Multiple reports late Friday night indicate former Oakland standout Keith Benson will be called up by the Golden State Warriors after nearly two months playing in the NBA Developmental League.
Benson started in 18 of his 19 games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaging 15.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
The repeat Summit League Player of the Year and 2010 Mid-Major Player of the Year was drafted 48th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in last year's NBA draft. He played briefly in Europe during the NBA lockout and was cut in training camp.
Benson signed with the NBDL in late-January and was placed with the Skyforce, whose home arena, Sioux Falls Arena, was quite familiar. Benson was 8-1 there as an Oakland player, winning consecutive Summit League Tournament titles there and leading Oakland to the NCAA tournament each of the past two seasons.
Skyforce play-by-play broadcaster Peter Daniels first announced the move following Friday night's game via Twitter. Benson was quick to tweet "Man God is good" after the transaction was made.
Benson had 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in Friday's Skyforce win. He hit the game-winning free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining.

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