Oakland junior center Keith Benson has submitted his name to enter the NBA Draft. However, he will not hire an agent, leaving open the option of returning to the Golden Grizzlies for his senior season.
“I’m really happy for Kito because it’s been a lifelong dream for him,” Oakland coach Greg Kampe told the Detroit Free Press. “He’s put himself in position where his dream can become a reality.”
The 6-11 Benson is projected as a late second-round pick in the 2011 draft by DraftExpress.com. He averaged 17.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks, garnering Summit League Player of the Year honors. Benson also helped lead Oakland to the NCAA Tournament before falling to Pittsburgh in the first round; he went for 28 points and nine rebounds against the Panthers.