Shooting guard Michael Benkert. of Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove turned heads last weekend at Spiece Run N’ Slam in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his smooth shooting and solid defense.
“I think after the loss we (Eric Gordon All-Stars) came out strong, we started on an 11-0 run and that really set the tone for the entire game,” Benkert said. “I attacked the rim and my shot was falling.”
Benkert could be considered among the best shooters in the 2015 class. He put up 19 in a loss to All-Ohio, one of the most talented U-16 teams.
"I think my shooting is my strength,” Benkert said. “Also I can probably play (positions) one through five on the floor. The one thing I’m trying to work on is my ball handling, that’s probably my weakest thing.”
Benkert has yet to reel in an offer, but he’s generating interest from some elite programs.
"Purdue, Michigan, and Butler are the main schools I’m hearing from right now,” Benkert said. “Out of those schools, Purdue has been recruiting me the hardest. I don’t have any visits set up so far, but we’ll see what happens this summer.” Benkert says he’s focused on improving what many underclassman strive to improve. “I want to get in the weight room and improve my strength,” he said. “By dong that, I’ll improve my entire game.”
Benkert says when he does have offers on the table and it’s time to make a decision down the road, he’s looking for a few specific criteria.
“I want a school that basically treats me like family and maybe a team that is located in Midwest,” the 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard said. “I also definitely like to get up and down the court.”
Scout recruiting analyst Brian Snow reviewed Benkert’s game last weekend at Spiece Run N’ Slam.
"A pure scorer, Benkert was only average in the morning game, but in the afternoon he was excellent. He is someone who is dynamic using two dribbles to get into the mid-range, but he can also hit from three. Not a great athlete or super quick, Benkert understands the game and simply rises to the occasion when his team needs it."