|No. 34 – Tsmoki-Minsk|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|League||Belarus Premier League
VTB United League
August 13, 1988 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (211 cm)|
|Listed weight||236 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Detroit Country Day School
(Beverly Hills, Michigan)
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Pro playing career||2011–present|
|2011||Dinamo Sassari (Italy)|
|2012||Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)|
|2012||Golden State Warriors|
|2012–2013||Erie BayHawks (D-League)|
|2013||Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters (Philippines)|
|2013||Erie BayHawks (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
A 6-foot-11 center, Benson was a second-round pick (48th overall) in the 2011 NBA Draft, selected by the Atlanta Hawks. He began his professional career with Dinamo Sassari of the Italian league Lega Basket Serie A and the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League (D-League) and signed with the NBA team Golden State Warriors late in his rookie season. Later in 2012, Benson signed with D-League team Erie BayHawks. In 2013, he played with the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in the Philippines.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Benson attended Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan. Benson's mother Janice Ellen Hale is a professor of early childhood education at Wayne State University and founding director of the Institute for the Study of the African American Child at Wayne State. On the Detroit Country Day basketball team, Benson averaged only 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior. Benson initially committed to Fairfield, but changed his mind after a coaching change and committed to Oakland after they offered him a scholarship.
After redshirting his first year at Oakland, Benson became a starter for the 2007–08 season. Benson started 20 of the team's 29 games and averaged 5.2 points and 3.5 rebounds. He finished the season with 40 blocks—one shy of Oakland's single-season record. However, he was benched prior to the conference tournament because OU's head coach, Greg Kampe, felt Benson was not playing good enough defense.
At the conclusion of his redshirt junior season, Benson received the Lou Henson Award, given to the "mid-major player of the year". Benson was also named the Summit League Player of the Year. Benson declared himself eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft, but withdrew himself after he was unable to work out with NBA teams due to an injured right thumb.
Benson was named the Summit League's Player of the Year for the second consecutive season in 2011.
After being projected as a late-second round pick, Benson was selected with the 18th pick of the second round (48th overall) by the Atlanta Hawks. Benson is the first player ever from Oakland University selected in the NBA Draft. In August 2011 he signed a one-year contract with Dinamo Basket Sassari in Italy's Serie A League, which included an opt-out clause upon the conclusion of the 2011 NBA lockout, but he left the team in October 2011.
Once the lockout ended, Benson played in the Hawks' two preseason games and was waived before the beginning of the regular season.
On January 26, 2012, the Sioux Falls Skyforce acquired Benson out of the D-League player pool.
Benson was signed by the Golden State Warriors on March 24, 2012, to a 10-day contract.
On November 3, 2012, Benson was re-acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. However, on November 5, the Skyforce traded him to the Erie BayHawks for Mike Davis. Benson was bought out by the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters of Manila, Philipines.
The Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters selected Benson as an import for the 2013 Philippine Basketball Association's Commissioner's Cup. He was replaced midseason by Donnell Harvey. In March 2013, he returned to the BayHawks. Later that year, he joined Tsmoki-Minsk of Belarus for the 2013–14 season.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Regular season
- Regular season
- Regular season
|2011–12||Dinamo Sassari (Italy)||4||4||20.5||.500||0.00||.400||5.75||0.0||0.50||0.75||5.50|
|2012–13||Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters (Philippine)||5||5||37.6||.600||.000||.688||15.8||0.60||1.80||2.4||23.60|
|2013–14||Belarus Premier League
VTB United League
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- Dinamo Sassari announces Keith Benson
- Dinamo Sassari officially replaces Keith Benson with Steven Hunter
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- Hawks add James Anderson, Keith Benson, Damion James, Carldell Johnson, Anthony Tolliver to training camp
- Atlanta Hawks waive Keith Benson and Isma'il Muhammad
- Skyforce Announces 2012-13 Training Camp Invitees
- Skyforce Acquires Davis From BayHawks
- Numerophilia Talk 'N Text and Ginebra clash in Comm. Cup semis