#34 Keith Benson | C

Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI

Height: 6'11"

Weight: 225

Position: Center

Team: Oakland

Class: Senior

Right-handed… This 6'11" big man is a great combination of size and athleticism. He uses his length to best opponents in the low post and on the glass… He offers a 7'+ wingspan, excellent athleticism and very good leaping abilities. He is a solid rebounder and an excellent shot blocker… Offensively, Benson has improved this season, more noticeably from mid-range. He has become comfortable shooting the ball from 15'+ and can certainly knock down those shots. Against Kansas and Michigan State this season, he tallied two 20+ point games and did so while scoring a bunch of hoops off his jumper. He is best utilized in the low post at the collegiate level, once again using his long frame and athleticism to finish inside. He can finish with either hand and uses his above-average footwork to create space…

Whenever we've mentioned Benson in a conversation, it's not his improved scoring or defense that's been mentioned in return, it's his inability to add any sort of strength or weight in the past year or so. His lack of bulk deters Benson from being way more productive than he currently is. At his current size, he will not be able to operate in the low post in the NBA. His face-up game has become so developed because, when matched up with stronger opponents, Benson can't maintain his post position and ends up fading away from the hoop anyway. He has the talent to be a productive collegiate and NBA player, but his weight, or lack thereof is slowing him down… On defense, Benson often looks lost throughout the game. His weight is again an issue as he will give up position to nearly anyone. Benson shies away from contact and isn't strong enough to re-position any offensive player. If he cannot defend at this level, how can we expect him to defend true centers and low post 4s at the next level…
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