'16 C Barret Benson enjoys U-M Camp

Benson reflects on his strong camp performance, conversations with the coaches and more.

Barret Benson showcased good footwork and a smooth jump shot at Michigan's one day basketball camp earlier this month. Skills that will come in handy at the next level, especially when you're 6-foot-9, 237-pounds, and play center.

"That something that I really like to use," said Benson, on using his outside shot. "Cause people really don't expect someone with my size to be able to shoot the ball from the outside. I think I can use that to my advantage. They might play off me and give me a shot."

Benson, who stars for Hinsdale South (Ill.), is coming off a strong freshman season, and brought that momentum in to Michigan's camp.

"I felt I played really well," he said. "It was great experience. There was really good competition out there at the camp… I definitely always think there is room for improvement. I would say I need to pick up my defense a little more and rebounding as well. Other than that, I thought I had a good day."

Only a 2016 prospect, Benson has yet to receive his first offer, but is hearing considerable interest from Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, Northwestern, DePaul, and Detroit Mercy.

"I have been to Michigan one time before, we visited for a football game," he said. "But other than that, this is the first time anything related to basketball. I thought it was great camp. The coaching staff was nice and I had a really good time up there.

"Coach (John) Beilein pulled me aside on some of the drills and gave me some pointers and same with coach (Bacari Alexander.) It was really nice getting some one-on-one work with the coaching staff."

Benson said he hasn't been able to check out the Michigan campus yet, but what he has seen in his visits has been nice.

"They have really nice facilities," he said. "I went in the weight room as well, it was really nice. They were beautiful facilities."

While Benson is aware of Michigan's success this past season, he says he has no leaders in the clubhouse for his college services.

"I would say that right now, I want to keep other things in perspective," he said. "I am still feeling out the process. I don't really have any schools that are jumping out to the lead. But I had a really good time at (Michigan's) camp."


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