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Keith Benson
Keith Benson

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Farmington Hills, Mich.

High School:
Detroit Country Day

Height / Weight:
6-11 / 230

Position:
Center

Graduated:
Degree in Integrative Studies



12/03/2014

OAKLAND-ROCHESTER COLLEGE POSTGAME NOTES

Dec. 3, 2014

12/19/2013

GRIZZLIES CONTINUE HOMESTAND AGAINST EMU, RMU

Game times for Saturday and Sunday will be at 1 p.m.

12/12/2013

OAKLAND HOSTS NO. 5 MICHIGAN STATE ON SATURDAY AT THE PALACE

The Golden Grizzlies face their fourth ranked team this season.

01/27/2012

NBA D-League Skyforce Acquire Keith Benson

He will be uniform tonight against the Erie BayHawks.

04/18/2011

2010-11 Men's Basketball Season

Photos from the season

03/18/2011

Oakland vs Texas - March 18, 2011

No. 13 seed Oakland fell 85-81 to No. 4 seed Texas in the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

03/18/2011

Oakland vs. Texas (NCAA Tournament)

Oakland vs. Texas (NCAA Tournament)

03/08/2011

Oakland vs. Oral Roberts - March 8, 2011

Oakland University secured back-to-back NCAA berths by beating Oral Roberts 90-76 in The Summit League Championship game.

03/07/2011

Oakland vs South Dakota State - Mar. 7, 2011

Oakland advanced to the Summit League Championship game with a 110-90 win over South Dakota State.

Highlight Video

Game-by-Game Stats | Career Stats

Overview:
Nickname is Kito ...Two-time Summit League Player of the Year (2010, '11) ... Summit League Defensive Player of the Year (2011) ... Named Associated Press All-America honorable mention in final two seasons (2010, '11) ... Ranked as the nation's No. 5 center by Rivals.com ... Summit League record holder in blocked shots (371) ... Three-time All-Summit League first team honoree (2009-11) ... All-time school record holder in defensive rebounds (772) ... Became just the second player in Summit League and school history to surpass 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds ... Ranks second all-time in the league with 1,103 rebounds and 13th in scoring with 1,903 ... Is second all-time in school history in games started (126) and games played (135) ... Posted a school record 49 double-doubles in his career, 38 over the last two seasons ... Invited as 1 of 14 collegiate players (5 mid-major players) to Amar'e Stoudemire Skills Academy in summer 2009 ... Named as the Lou Henson Award winner, given to the nation's top mid-major player (2010) ... Is part of the winningest senior class in program history with 91 wins.

2010-11 HIGHLIGHTS
▪ Named The Summit League Player and Defensive Player of the Year
▪ Named Summit League Tournament MVP after leading OU to second straight title
▪ Posted 21.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game at the league tournament
▪ Garnered All-American honors by CollegeInsider.com and Associated Press (honorable mention)
▪ Selected to the CollegeInsider.com Defensive All-American Team
▪ Led The Summit League with a school record 20 double-doubles, finishing seventh in the NCAA
▪ Led the league for the second straight season and finished second in the country with 3.8 blocks per game
▪ Broke single-season school record with 127 blocked shots
▪ Surpassed his own single-season school record with 261 defensive rebounds
▪ Shot 55 percent from the floor, No. 31 in the NCAA
▪ Three-time Summit League Player of the Week (Nov. 28, Dec. 20, Jan. 24)
▪ Named Summit League Athlete of the Month for December
▪ Averaged a double-double for the season with 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game
▪ Recorded season's first double-double with a game-high 22 points and 15 rebounds at West Virginia (11/12), blocking two shots and went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe; Took a career-high 21 shots in the game, making nine of them
▪ Tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds in the second half at WVU
▪ In a premier matchup against preseason All-American JaJaun Johnson, posted his second double-double with 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds (11/21)
▪ Had one of the greatest games in school history versus Austin Peay (11/27), coming close to a quadruple-double with 22 points, career-high 22 rebounds and career-high seven assists to go with six blocks
▪ His 17 defensive rebounds broke a single-game school record and the 22 boards is the fifth-most in Summit League history and the most by any player at OU in the Division I era
▪ Finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots versus No. 7/8 Michigan State (12/11) for his seventh double-double
▪ Showcased his talents at No. 7 Tennessee (12/14) with another double-double, finishing with a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, including two 3-pointers
▪ Blocked Oral Roberts' Dominique Morrison's game-tying layup attempt off the backboard that led to a fast break layup and helped OU defeat ORU (12/30) as he finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots
▪ Posted his 11th double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, adding five blocks versus Western Illinois (1/8)
▪ Broke all-time league record in career blocked shots (320), swatting three at South Dakota State (1/20) and finished with 28 points and 11 boards
▪ Tallied a game-high 21 and 11 rebounds for his 13th double-double at North Dakota State (1/22), blocking five shots and had a career-high tying three steals
▪ Scored a season-high 30 points and season-high tying seven blocks versus Centenary (1/29), making a career-best 13 field goals on 17 attempts
▪ In his last game inside the O'rena, tallied a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds versus South Dakota State (2/19)
▪ Collected his 18th double-double with 26 points and 14 boards at UMKC (2/24)
▪ Tallied 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots in 30 minutes in regular-season finale at Southern Utah (2/26), going 2-for-2 from three

2009-10 HIGHLIGHTS
▪ Tabbed Lou Henson National Mid-Major Player of the Year
▪ Named Summit League Player of the Year
▪ Associated Press All-America honorable mention
▪ Led the league in blocks (117), rebounds (368) and double-doubles (18)
▪ Rebounds total was one shy of Summit League record
▪ Broke single-season school records in blocks and rebounds
▪ His 189 free throws made this season ranks third all-time in school history and ninth in league history
▪ His blocked shots total ranks third all-time in league history
▪ Earned five league player of the week accolades this year, second-most in league history
▪ Had 20 or more points in 14 games and double-figure rebounds in 19
▪ Led the team with double figures in 31 of 35 games
▪ Blocked five or more shots in 11 games
▪ Grabbed 47 rebounds and blocked 14 shots in three tournament games en route to being named All-Tournament
▪ Averaged 13.0 ppg, 15.7 rpg, 4.7 bpg at the league tournament
▪ Tied his own single-game school record with eight blocks in the season opener versus Eastern Michigan (11/14), adding 15 points and 13 rebounds
▪ Tallied 20 points, six rebounds and four blocks at No. 1 Kansas (11/25), holding All-American Cole Aldrich to 2-for-10 from the floor
▪ Came close to a triple-double with 24 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and seven blocks versus Central Arkansas (11/28)
▪ Posted a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds at No. 12 Michigan State (12/10)
▪ Had 11 double-doubles against league opponents
▪ Scored a career-high 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting, grabbing 10 boards and blocked four shots in final regular season game versus IPFW (2/27) ▪ Tallied a game-high 28 points and nine rebounds in the NCAA tournament game versus No. 18 Pittsburgh (3/19)

2008-09 HIGHLIGHTS
▪ Started in all 36 games for the Golden Grizzlies
▪ Named All-Summit League second team
▪ Ranked fourth in the nation with .622 field goal percentage
▪ Led The Summit League with 2.4 blocks per game, 25th-best in NCAA
▪ Broke single-season school blocks record with 87, fifth-most in league history
▪ Led the league with 10 double-doubles and reached double-figure points in 26 games
▪ Scored 20 or more points in eight games
▪ Led OU and ranked second in the league with 7.8 rebounds per game
▪ Reached double figures in each of his two games in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, tallying 20 at Bradley (3/23) and 16 versus Kent State (3/17)
▪ Led OU to the title game of Summit League Tournament, averaging a double-double
▪ Named all-tournament after tallying 11.3 ppg, 12.7 rpg and 3.7 bpg
▪ Had 10th double-double in the title game versus North Dakota State (3/10) with 14 points and 14 rebounds
▪ Scored a career-high 28 points versus UMKC (2/28), making a career-best 10 field goals and blocking four shots
▪ Scored 26 points versus Centenary (2/7), going a career best 10 of 15 from free throw line
▪ Named Summit League Player of the Week on Feb. 2 after averaging 15.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 5.5 bpg and shooting 82 percent from field (14-17)
▪ Broke a single-game school record with eight blocks at South Dakota State (1/31), almost posting a triple-double with 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds
▪ Scored a team-best 17 points versus NDSU (1/2), going a perfect 7-for-7 from charity stripe
▪ Had 20 points, five rebounds, two steals and went 8 of 9 from free throw line versus then-No. 11 Michigan State (12/27)

2007-08 HIGHLIGHTS
▪ Had 20 starts in 29 games played
▪ Led the team with 40 blocks, just one shy of the school record
▪ Finished third in The Summit League with 1.38 blocks per game
▪ Tallied three blocks against Adrian College (11/11), scoring seven points and grabbing seven rebounds
▪ Tallied a season-high three steals and five blocks against Duquesne (11/20)
▪ Matched then season-highs with seven points and six rebounds at No. 10 Michigan State (11/24)
▪ Had his best game of the season versus UMKC (12/6), recording a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds
▪ Reached double figures for the second straight game with 10 points and a game-high six rebounds in 23 minutes versus Southern Utah (12/8)
▪ Scored 14 points, grabbed two rebounds and had three blocks at Western Illinois (1/26)
▪ Eclipsed double figures for the second consecutive game versus NDSU (1/31), tallying 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks
▪ Made a season-high six free throws in eight attempts against the Bison
▪ Scored 10 points against IUPUI (2/21)
▪ Did not play in The Summit League Tournament

2006-07
▪ Redshirted

Top Athletic Performance
▪ Coming close to a quadruple-double versus Austin Peay on Nov. 28, 2010, tallying 22 points, 22 rebounds seven assists and six blocked shots

High School
▪ Two-year letterwinner in basketball for coach Kurt Keener
▪ Averaged 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds as a senior
▪ Helped the team to the state quarterfinals and a 20-5 record
▪ Earned all-area, all-metro and honorable mention all-state honors

Personal
Full Name: Keith A. Benson, Jr.
Birthdate: August 13, 1988
Parents: Keith Benson, Sr. and Janice Hale
▪ Father played basketball at Jackson State (1972-76)
▪ Uncle Hilton Hale played at both Northwestern and San Diego State
▪ Uncle Emanuel Leaks played college ball at Niagara and played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers (1972) and for the Washington Bullets (1973)

CAREER BESTS
Points: 32 vs. IPFW (2/27/09)
Rebounds: 22 vs. Austin Peay (11/27/10)
Assists: 7 vs. Austin Peay (11/27/10)
Field Goals: 13 vs. Centenary (1/29/11)
Field Goal Attempts: 21 at West Virginia (11/12/10)
3-Pt. Field Goals: 2 (2 times), Last at Southern Utah (2/26/11)
3-Pt. FG Attempts: 4 at Tennessee (12/14/10)
Free Throws: 12 vs. UMKC (1/14/10)
Free Throw Attempts: 15 vs. Centenary (2/7/09)
Steals: 3 (5 times), Last at North Dakota State (1/22/11)
Blocks: 8* (2 times), Last vs. Eastern Michigan (11/14/09)
Minutes: 45 vs. Austin Peay (11/27/10)

* = School Record.

Miscellaneous
Double-Figure Scoring: 89
20-point Scoring: 36
Double-Figure Rebounds: 53
Double-Doubles: 49*

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