Duck Basketball Signs Four

EUGENE, Ore. – Two high schoolers and two junior college players have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball for Oregon next season, head coach Dana Altman announced Friday.

The four signees are Dwayne Benjamin from Mt. San Jacinto College, Michael Chandler from Northwest Florida State, Casey Benson of Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe, Ariz., and Canadian Ray Kasongo of Phase 1 Academy.

Benjamin, whose hometown is Lafayette, La., is a 6-7 forward who averaged 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds a game last season for Mt. San Jacinto. He was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.

Benson was the Gatorade State Player of the Year for Arizona after scoring 20.7 points per game for Corona Del Sol High School. Benson has led Corona Del Sol to consecutive Arizona State Division 1 titles. The three-star Rivals recruit scored 12 points with eight rebounds and six assists in the 2013 championship game.

Chandler was regarded as one of the top five high school centers in the nation while at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Ind., earning a four-star rating from multiple outlets. After Lawrence North, he enrolled at Northwest Florida State, where he teamed with current Duck Elgin Cook to lead the Raiders to the 2013 NJCAA national championship game.

Kasongo, from Scarborough, Ontario, averaged 16.0 points per game as a junior for Pikeville High School in Kentucky. The Rivals three-star recruit will play his senior season at Phase 1 Academy in Phoenix, Ariz.

Dwayne Benjamin, 6-7, 200, F
Lafayette, La.
Northside High School
Mt. San Jacinto College
Rivals Ranking: 4 stars

2012-13 Season Stats:
Pts: 15.8 p/g
Rbs: 7.2 p/g
Ast: 1.6 p/g
Shooting Avg: 46.7%

Averaged 15.8 points per game while grabbing 7.2 rebounds and dishing out 1.6 assists at forward as a freshman for Mt. San Jacinto College (San Jacinto, Calif.) … Played in 28 of 31 games and was a major factor in the team's success as MSJC finished with a 21-11 record … Compiled seven double-doubles … Had an impressive double-double against Southwestern Junior College, scoring 17 points and taking in 16 rebounds … Prepped at Northside High School in Lafayette, La. … There, his efforts helped propel the team to a 26-4 record in his senior season … Received All District recognition … Also earned first team all-state honors for his performance on the football field and on the track … the talented wide receiver caught 14 touchdowns and totaled 927 receiving yards on 45 receptions in 2010.

Casey Benson, 6-3, 175, PG
Tempe, Ariz.
Corona Del Sol High School
Rivals Ranking: 3 stars

2012-13 Season Stats:
Pts: 20.7 p/g
Rbs: 3.7 p/g
Ast: 3.3 p/g
Stl: 1.4 p/g

Led Corona Del Sol High School to two consecutive Division 1 Arizona State Championships … Named the 2013 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year … Also named the 2013 Arizona Republic Player of the Year … As a junior, the point guard complemented his high scoring average of 20.7 points per game with 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game … Shot 57 percent from the field … excels in the classroom with a 3.93 GPA ... Well-rounded performance in the Arizona State Championship game with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists … Left-hander helped the team finish with a 29-4 record last season.

Michael Chandler, 6-10, 240, F/C
Indianapolis, Ind.
Lawrence North High School
Northwest Florida State
Rankings: Four stars according to ESPN, Rivals and

2012-13 Season Stats
Pts: 4.6 p/g
Rbs: 2.4 p/g

High School Stats
Pts: 19 p/g
Rbs: 12 p/g
Blks: 5 p/g

As a freshman at Northwest Florida State, teamed with current Duck Elgin Cook to help lead the Raiders to the NJCAA finals … Despite playing a limited number of games due to a leg injury, was named to the 2013 All-Panhandle Conference Second-team … tallied 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in a win over Chipola … against Gulf Coast, finished with 15 points and eight rebounds … Stellar performer at Lawrence North High School where he earned invitations to the Adidas Nations and the NBA Top 100 camps … During his first varsity season, averaged 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game … Received all-state honorable mention recognition from the Associated Press in 2010 … Regarded by many as the fifth-best high school center of the 2011 class with a four star ranking by Rivals, Scout and ESPN … NBA players Mike Conley and Greg Oden also attended Lawrence North.

Ray Kasongo, 6-9, 235, F
Scarborough, Ontario
Phase 1 Academy
Rivals Ranking: 3 stars

2012-13 Season Stats:
Pts: 16.0 p/g
Rbs: 10.1 p/g
Blk: 5.5 p/g

Played the 2012-13 season at Pikeville High School in eastern Kentucky, where he led the team to a 22-11 record … Playing against Holy Cross, he gathered 14 boards, contributed 32 points and blocked five shot … Averaged 16.0 points per game and was named to the Elite First Team … Previously attended Oak Hill Academy … Played AAU games for Grassroots Canada … The Rivals three-star recruit will spend his senior season at Phase 1 Academy in Phoenix, Ariz.

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