Catching up with: Erik Benzel

Former Ferris Saxon guard Erik Benzel is closing out his collegiate career at the University of Denver in solid form. But then that should come as no surprise as Benzel was one of the top guards in the state during his high school days.

Benzel is averaging 15ppg while shooting 47.5% from three-point range midway through his final year as a D-1 player.

Erik earned second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors as a junior when he ranked fifth in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (3.6). He shot a hot .422% from outside the arc. He led his team in scoring (14.4ppg) and ranked among the league's top 10. His scoring has increased each season during his career at the Mile High City's namesake, going from 7.0 as a freshman to 11.2 as a soph. He went over the 1,000 point mark earlier this season.

He led Ferris to the state championship game as a senior and already had a national championship under his belt by the start of his junior year. His Eastern Washington Elite select team won the Open Division at the BCI National Championships in Colorado Springs. And they did it with a bunch of under-classmen playing in a division comprised of players a year above where they should have been playing. At Ferris he was twice selected as team MVP and made all-state during his senior campaign.


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