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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, June 1, 2012

Former Grizzlies center Keith Benson invited to D-League Elite camp from Fort Wayne, Ind., reports former Oakland star Keith Benson has been invited to the NBA Developmental League's Elite Mini Camp next week in Chicago.
The two-day event is said to feature the D-League's finest, including Benson's teammate with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Anthony Mason Jr. reports more than 50 NBA front-office execs are expected to be on hand evaluating talent.
Benson caught on with the Skyforce in February after being cut by the Atlanta Hawks, the team who drafted Benson No. 48 overall in last year's draft, after a lockout-shortened training camp. Benson played briefly in Italy during the lockout also.
Benson was called up by the Golden State Warriors late in the season on a 10-day contract, making his NBA debut. 
The D-League saw a record 50 call-ups during the abbreviated NBA season. At season's end, 1/4 of each team's roster had NBADL experience.
During the season-ending episode of "The Greg Kampe Show" on WXOU, the program's namesake informed listeners Benson had been invited back to work out with the Hawks and would also be at a Cleveland Cavaliers post-draft workout.
In the meantime, Benson has been working out at Oakland, preparing for his next move. 
Benson has indicated via Twitter he plans to attend the NBA summer league, which was cancelled last season due the labor stoppage. 
The NBA draft is June 28 in Newark, N.J.
The camp is reportedly Monday and Tuesday at the Moody Bible Institute.


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