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'14 AZ PG Casey Benson (Verbal to Oregon)

Discussion in 'University of Colorado Recruiting Archive - Basket' started by Goose, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Corona Del Sol H.S. (Tempe, AZ)

    AAU: Arizona Magic Pump N Run / CA Double Pump Elite

    Ht: 6-foot-3
    Wt: 170 lbs.

    Rivals rating: 3*; unranked PG (#140 overall)
    Scout rating: 3*; unranked PG
    ESPN rating: 3*-73 grade; #51 PG
    247sports rating: 3*-88 rating; #31 PG (#140 overall)

    Reported Offers: Colorado, Arizona State, Boise State, Boston College, Gonzaga, Oregon, Oregon State, Rice, San Francisco, St. Mary's, USC, Washington State
     
  2. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Recruit Scoop has a nice feature on him.

    Looks like we're really hitting Arizona hard for recruiting right now.
     
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    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Adam updates us on Benson.

     
  4. mattrob

    mattrob Club Member Club Member

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    I finally got around to watching the highlights on Rivals and they're...bizarre. He looks to be right-hand dominant, almost always driving to his right, passing and finishing with his right hand. But he shoots jump-shots left-handed. I had to watch the highlights twice just to make sure it was the same kid.

    Overall, his game looks pretty good. He plays at a high pace and looks to be pretty physical for a PG. He does need to clean up his jump-shot mechanics a little bit, imo, and get more lift on his shot. Not bad though.
     
  5. Buffnik

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    New Scout article:

    Colorado: “I’m actually going up there for an unofficial visit in June and I’m excited to get to know more about the school. I watched them a lot towards the end of the year; they obviously were in the NCAA tournament.”
     
  6. FLounder

    FLounder The Buffs will rise again! Club Member

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    We can't offer these kids anymore...
     
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    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Huh? This kid is blowing up and he's been picking up quality offers about every week this summer.
     
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    FLounder The Buffs will rise again! Club Member

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    4* on ESPN now... I stand corrected.
     
  9. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    In general, if we're talking recruiting that's 2 years out, I don't think it's fair to say "we can't offer kids like this" for anyone. Too much can happen in the meantime, and we're not even sure what kind of offer the kid has. For example, if Dom Collier and Josh Perkins called up Tad right now and said "We want to be Buffs", it'd be done. But there are a few guys with CU offers that if they tried the same, they probably wouldn't get the same reaction.

    Besides, ratings aside, Benson shows some damn good ability. We're not talking about someone who's struggling to play HS ball. The kid has some quickness and is pretty damn tough for a PG like mattrob said.
     
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    If we can't land Perkins, I really want Benson.
     
  12. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    a little bird told me a while ago that the staff rates him almost as highly as Perk.
     
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    That doesn't surprise me much, his videos look really good. Hopefully Perkins and/or Collier make their decision fairly early. I'd hate to see us strike out on our PG targets waiting for the in state kids to decide.
     
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    [video=youtube;I56XohYgTXg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I56XohYgTXg[/video]
     
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    I know I've mentioned this before, but when I watch his highlights, I can't help but think the kid would be a nightmare to guard. I've never seen anyone like that, who shoots left-handed, but as soon as he gets within 15 or so, he goes to that little right-handed floater. As a defender, you'd never know where the ball was coming from.
     
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    Benson averaged 20.7ppg, 3.3apg, and 1.4 spg and was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Arizona. That's pretty impressive with guys like Andre Adams, Zylan Cheatham and Dorian Pickens in the same class and a borderline top-100 2013 prospect in Jaron Hopkins in the state.
     
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    Also, an interesting article on Benson and his left-handed shot, though he's right-hand dominant. I love the piece about possibly skipping the showcase events to work on skill development. The kid's a gamer. I would have absolutely no problems with him running the show in 2014. Just keep him away from ASU!
     
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    Jaron put up better numbers if I'm not mistaken. Obviously numbers aren't the end all be all but the fact remains.
     
  19. Buffnik

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    They're very different players, though. J-Hop and Casey would make one hell of a backcourt.
     
  20. cmgoods

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    committed to Oregon
     
  21. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    That's a great pickup for them. Ducks are going to be a challenger in the Pac-12 for us over the coming years.
     
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    To the question in another thread about a Pac-12 rival, it will be hard to have the feeling of a true rival from a team in another division without having a guaranteed rematch game every year with them but I think we are going to have some fun battles with Oregon in recruiting and on the court in the future, maybe more than anyone else in hoops short of Arizona.
     
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    Especially if they keep managing to pull the rent a play-immediately transfer rabbit out of the hat every year.
     
  24. Buffnik

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    No divisions for hoops, so we play Oregon as much as Arizona and UCLA.
     
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    I was thinking of only playing UW/WSU once each last year but now I see we only got USC/UCLA once as well so the PAC isn't rotating those scheduling exceptions on a divisional basis for BB like the Big 12 was doing.
     

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