Posts Tagged ‘Oakland Basketball’

I guess I hadn’t paid close enough attention to the development of Keith Benson,  Oakland’s 6-11 redshirt junior center.

I hadn’t seen Benson up close since he prepped at Detroit Country Day in high school, but my memory is quite vivid: He was awful.

But, those days are gone. Benson is officially a beast for the Grizzlies and appears to be on his way to the first round of the NBA draft.

Witness his recent performance against Cole Aldrich, the junior big man at Kansas who is projected to go in the top 10 of the draft. Benson scored 20 points on 13 shots and made all six of his free throws. He also added six boards and four blocks.

Aldrich could only manage four points on 10 shots with nine rebounds.

Through six games, Benson is doing his thing in the Summit League: 18 pts, 11 rebound and four blocks per game. He is shooting 56 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the line. has Benson going late in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft.

After Oakland’s 30-point loss to no. 1-ranked Kansas last week, I was a little surprised that the Associated Press decided to throw in a not-so-flattering moment in the second half of a lopsided game.

Oakland stayed close early but had trouble getting good shots because the Kansas defense kept pushing them farther and farther away from the basket. One possession after losing the ball on a shot clock violation, Oakland fed the ball to Drew Maynard, who had thrown up an air ball a few minutes earlier. As the crowd chanted, “Air ball, Air ball,” the 6-foot-6 sophomore drew back and threw another one into the seats.