As first reported by Josh Gershon on twitter, Oregon has received a commitment from point guard Casey Benson. The native of Tempe, Arizona will be playing for the Ducks next season after he completes his senior year at Corona Del Sol. Benson had offers from many schools in Oregon’s range, Colorado and Gonzaga among them, but ultimately, it seems like Benson is going to be a Duck once he graduates this year.
There are not many clips out there of Benson but here is the best one that I could find to sort of give an idea how he plays the game.
With Jonathan Lloyd set to graduate after this year, Benson will come to the Ducks expected to share time with promising your player Dominic Artis. While Artis is a flashier player, Benson is a solid point guard who shows great presence on the court. Benson has a nice shooting form and is able to get to the rim with his own shot almost at will in high school.
While Benson is not likely to be a star, he is a very dependable player who makes others around him better and always competes hard. He is the type of player that coaches love have coming off their bench because they get the job done and they are always your hardest workers. On top of that, Benson has the natural advantage of being left handed, which tends to throw a lot defenders off when they first start guarding the player.
As per College Basketball Talk, Benson averaged 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game during his junior season. He was also named the Gatorade player of the year in Arizona.
In addition, the Ducks are awaiting a decision on the transfer of Joseph Young. If Young’s request to waive the one year waiting period for transfers is denied, he will be forced to wait a year to play for the Ducks. That would mean that he would play his senior season during Benson’s freshman year. If that is the case, the Oregon Ducks could be well equipped in the back court to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.