Benimon eyeing NBA
While most graduated college basketball players look to start their careers off the court, former forward Jerrelle Benimon is among a small group of players looking to begin his career on it. The two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year has been traveling across the country, working out for several NBA teams, hoping to be selected in this month’s draft or signing with a team as an undrafted free agent.
As of June 14, Benimon has worked out for the Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and his hometown team, the Washington Wizards.
If Benimon were to sign with or be drafted by the Wizards, it would be the second time in his career that he would call the Verizon Center home.
Benimon spent his first two collegiate seasons playing under John Thompson III as a Georgetown Hoya, where he averaged 1.4 points per game over two years in a limited role.
Benimon, a 6-foot-8 power forward, would make an interesting prospect for the Wizards. The team already has proven players at the power forward position with
Nene and Trevor Booker, but could move him to small forward because of his size and ability to handle the ball.
Former starter Trevor Ariza is set to become a free agent, and last year’s No. 3 draft pick Otto Porter, who played at Georgetown with Benimon, saw very limited playing time last season. Head Coach Randy Wittman used Martell Webster as a small forward at times, but he fits better as a shooting guard.
Benimon has shown throughout the past two years that he can shoot 3-pointers while carrying the ball and playing outside of the paint.
Benimon averaged 18 points per game over his two-year career at Towson, and ranked second in the nation in rebounds per game (11.2) last season and third in double-doubles (21).
He ranked in the CAA’s top five in scoring, rebounding, assists, blocks and field-goal percentage. He also set a new Towson single-season rebounding record with 404
rebounds, which also ranked as the second most boards by any player in CAA history behind just NBA Hall-of-Famer David Robinson.
He became only the fifth Tiger to reach 1,000 career points in just two seasons, and he finished his career with 1,203 points, ranking him 16th all-time at Towson.
Benimon also recorded the first triple-double in school history on December 10, 2013 against Central Penn College and was a Lou Henson All-American his junior season at Towson.
Benimon will continue to work out with NBA teams before the 2014 NBA Draft.
The draft will take place June 26 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.