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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Keith Benson




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Keith Benson


Position: Center

Size: 6-11, 225

School: Oakland, Senior


Strengths:
  • Can turn over either shoulder and finish with either hand
  • Footwork in the post
  • Hook shot
  • Soft touch around the basket
  • Mid-range game
  • Putting the ball on the deck for a dribble or two to get to the basket
  • Length
  • Shot blocker
  • Runs the floor well



    Weaknesses:
  • Needs to get stronger
  • Physicality; gets pushed around inside
  • Gets caught watching the action rather than sticking his nose in the mix
  • Can he guard NBA power forwards on the perimeter?

    Summary: Benson has a nice combination of size, length and athleticism that makes him effective at the college level, but is not very physical. His numbers are a bit bloated playing in a weak Summit League but he has held his own against some of the better teams in the country. He could potentially be a borderline first-round pick but more than likely ends up being taken in the second round.

    Player Comparison: Dan Gadzuric. Gadzuric brings athleticism to the frontcourt but gets pushed around inside due to a lack of strength. Benson is in the same mold as he will struggle guarding bigger players in the league. Both players have a decent mid-range game but Benson will have to play the four at the next level if he wants to be more successful than Gadzuric.





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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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