Recruiting is going strong for Benson
Four-star center Barret Benson was the focus of significant attention from college coaches during the first open recruiting period. Playing with the Illinois Wolves in New Orleans, Benson showed off some of his improvement, and had a solid weekend. At 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, Benson is a physical prospect on the low block. His good hands and understanding of angles on the post help him to get good opportunities, and now with the Wolves, he is hoping to show his significant improvement as a player. “I think I have improved my body and my fitness,” said Benson. “I have gotten in better shape and gotten quicker and more athletic. Also I have been working on my skills from my face up game to making the mid-range jumper.” Recruiting wise schools such as Purdue, Illinois, Northwestern, Stanford, Butler, Kansas State, and Indiana were tracking him closely this weekend. According to Benson his recruiting is just now getting going. “I am open right now to everything,” said Benson of his recruitment. “I have a few schools talking to me, but I am just open to anybody right now.” The in-state Illini have made Benson a major target in the last 12 months, and he likes what they have to offer. “They are an in-state program which is a plus,” said Benson of Illinois. “It would help me give back to my state to go there, and Coach (John) Groce and his staff are doing a great job with that program.” Another school that Benson is very familiar with is Purdue. He has a strong family connection to the Boilermakers program. “Purdue is a familiar place for me since both of my parents went there,” said Benson. “I have known a lot about them and they have a great program.” Then there is Stanford. Stanford is far from home, but Benson likes the school quite a bit. “I am building a good relationship with the coaching staff there,” he explained. “Also my brother played AAU for the Illinois Wolves with Chasson Randle so I know him, and he had a great time at Stanford.” While no decision appears imminent for Benson, he does know what he will be looking for in a school. “The first thing for me is academics,” explained Benson. “After that it comes down to my relationship with the coaches and how I fit into a school’s system.”
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