OSNA Lead Guard Open In Recruiting Process

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a story on Enrique Cova Benitez ...

Enrique Cova Benitez, a stocky 6-foot-2, 200-pound lead guard from Our Savior New American in Centereach, New York, is still open in his recruiting process according to Pioneers assistant coach Eric Jaklitsch.

Benitez, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, did a nice job for Our Savior over the last half of this season directing a very young team experience wise.

BRIAN TOWEY'S VIEW ON BENITEZ' INDIVIDUAL GAME: Enrique greases the wheels for Our Savior's offense. He is a distributor first, with strong vision and a healthy IQ. He keeps OSNA's stable of bigs happy with his post feeds, has good defensive instincts, and can control tempo and lead the break. He's a savvy floor leader with a little bit of an edge to his game. And in his absence the team realized just how much they missed having him around.

WHAT ERIC JAKLITSCH THINKS OF BENITEZ' INDIVIDUAL GAME: He's been the key to our success. He's helped our team chemistry a ton. Ever since he's come back at a hundred percent, we've been better. Once he came back the team started showing better chemistry and running the plays better.

It's important to realize also that Enrique suffered a high ankle sprain (worst kind to get) last November. He did recover nicely from the sprain but it set him back a tad during the course of the season.

Benitez hadn't been right since suffering a high ankle sprain while trying to take a charge in the team's first game of the year, back on Nov. 11 against the Boys Club of New York.

EVENTS BENITEZ MISSED DUE TO THE HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN: The National Prep School Showcase, the Bull City Classic in North Carolina, and the Marshall County Hoop Fest in Kentucky.

Manhattan had shown some interest in Enrique's skills. But Jaklitsch said his tough-minded senior is open and has not made a college decision.

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