Following an official visit to UE over the weekend, combo guard Christian Benzon committed to Aces coaches this morning and will sign a binding letter of intent upon his return to The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla.
Benzon’s high school coach, Justin Harden, confirmed news that his third-year Danish exchange student will attend UE.
“He’s a really hard worker,” Harden said. “Not a great shooter, but he works extremely hard at it and all the things he needs to do to become a better player. He has a good basketball IQ — has grown a lot since he’s gotten here and become a lot tougher adapting to the American brand of basketball.”
Harden said that at 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, Benzon is a slasher-type guard who excels in the open floor using techniques such as the Euro step, where a player picks up his dribble and moves in two different directions before taking a shot.
Benzon led The Rock in scoring as a junior but accepted a more defensive-minded role as a senior, averaging about 10 points per game on a team that played a nine-man rotation.
Schools such as South Alabama, Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast offered the two-star prospect by ESPN.com scholarships early in his recruitment. As the NCAA’s signing period wound down (it ends Wednesday), interest waned.
“Not many people were jumping at the opportunity to do it,” Harden said. “He’s been under-recruited, I guess. I don’t know how else to say it. I think he could have gone to a high-major school and had a lot of success. He’ll have immediate success at a place like Evansville. A lot of schools passed up on the opportunity to get him, and he’s going to make them pay for that.”
Benzon has a 3.7 grade-point average, lists his favorite school subject as math and served as team captain at The Rock, a private Christian school, during his junior and senior seasons.
Upon receipt of Benzon’s letter of intent, UE will have a four-player incoming recruiting class. Fishers (Ind.) High School guard Jaylon Brown, Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s (Ohio) guard Duane Gibson and Castle High School forward Blake Simmons, son of coach Marty Simmons, each signed in November.
Benzon in the news:
Dec. 15, 2011: A to Z with Christian Benzon (Gainesville.com)
Sept. 30, 2012: Dodge Florida Shootout report (sourcehoops.com)
Nov. 21, 2012: Sports Xpress recruiting Xclusive (ihigh.com)
May 1, 2013: Florida Independent all-state teams (FloridaHoops.com)