Benjamin Enjoys Pittsburgh Visit

Keith Benjamin, a one-time Villanova commitment, was on another Big East school's campus last weekend. Just how did the visit go?

Mount Vernon (NY) High guard Keith Benjamin committed to the Villanova Wildcats a few months ago. However, in the last two weeks, he paused and reconsidered his decision. Why?

"It was a mixture of the thing with Derrick Snowden blowing his ACL and he might return and a couple of other things," Benjamin said. "I thought I might have committed too early or under pressure."

After reconsidering his situation with Villanova, Benjamin wasted little time in gathering a new list and the Pittsburgh Panthers wasted no time in expressing their interest. In fact, after coming to his school to see him, the Panthers offered a visit last weekend and Benjamin obliged.

"It was great. Academically. Basketball. The life out there."

The trip went well enough that Benjamin did consider committing. "Yes, I did [consider committing on the trip]. I have to talk it over with a couple of people before I give a big word."

With Pittsburgh making a strong move, you have to wonder if anyone else can get involved. Benjamin said he's looking at a pair. "I'm thinking Georgia Tech, Providence. I'm sending my transcript down to Georgia Tech and Providence has offered."

Benjamin is being recruiting as kind of a combo guard though he admits that he's most comfortable at the shooting guard position and right now, he's at his best at that spot. One of the more unique aspects of his game is his willingness to take the mid-range jumper.

He's become very adept at that shot and goes to it often in his arsenal. Benjamin admits it's a shot that can get him points and out of trouble. "It sure does. If there are too many big kids on the court like 7-0 or a 6-9 kid and I can't get to the basket, I can hit a pull-up over them. It's an easier way to score."

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