Benn's Stock Soars At Hargrave

Hargrave is stocked with college prospects. Big names, big reps and in the case of Bilal Benn, a guy whose stock is about to reach new heights.

Bilal Benn is back on the board.

The former Siena signee, who is at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.), thrived this past July in Las Vegas and California – and is now receiving interest from big-time schools.

The 6-5, 195-pound Philadelphia native, who attended Cardinal Dougherty (Pa.) for much of his high school career, has impressed numerous college coaches with his versatility.

Benn listed LaSalle, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Florida, St. John's, UTEP, St. Francis, Penn State, Rhode Island and Georgetown as those that have expressed interest of late. His former coach at Cardinal Dougherty, Dave Distol, confirmed all of those schools and said that N.C. State had also called recently. Georgia saw him last week and liked him as well.

Benn plans to visit Villanova on Oct. 22.

Benn has the perfect attitude to be successful in college. For a guy who plays with great passion and competitiveness, he talks like he's ready to win some games. "I want to go somewhere where I can play. Somewhere that won't over-recruit me. If somebody wants to teach me I want to learn."

``He had a terrific summer," Distol said. "He showed he can play point guard, can shoot the three, he's big enough to play small forward and can defend several positions."

Despite all of the recent interest in Benn, he's going to take things slow.

``I really don't know who I like yet," he said. "It's kind of confusing, because I didn't think this was going to happen and this many people were going to notice me."

``I'm going to definitely sign late, but I'm going to try and take a couple visits in the next couple of months and then take the other three in the spring," Benn added.

Meanwhile, Benn is enjoying his time at Hargrave playing with other Division I prospects. "When you want to work you ask people on the team. When you don't go hard you'll get cut and stand out. If everybody here were on a different team they'd average 20."

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