Nov. 13, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Ben Benfield, a senior at John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, La., has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Tulane University and play basketball, Tulane coach Shawn Finney announced on Monday.
Benfield, a 6-4, 175-pound shooting guard, has averaged over 28 points per game in each of the last two seasons at John Curtis. Last season, Benfield recorded four 40-point games. He also led the team in rebounding from the guard position as a junior. He is Finney's first signee as a head coach.
"Ben's great shooting ability will be a great fit for our style, which is pressing, running, and shooting the three," Finney said. "A shooter is always an asset for any program, but shooters are key for this system."
Benfield earned all-district and all-metro honors as a sophomore and junior playing for coach Mike Krajcer. He has led his team to second-place finishes in District 9-4A in each of the last two years as well. Last season, he was tabbed as honorable mention all-state.
"With the style Coach Finney wants to play, Ben will be an excellent two-guard," Krajcer said. "He can shoot the three with anybody.
"His future is in front of him," Krajcer continued. "He has improved every year and he has a great work ethic while striving to be a `player.' Often when sombody scores as much as he does, they are not a team player, but Ben is a team player as well."
"I am excited about coaching Ben," Finney said. "He will represent Tulane University well, both on and off the court."
Tulane opens its 2000-2001 season, its first under the guidance of Finney, on Friday as it plays host to Nicholls State at 8 p.m. at Fogelman Arena. The Green Wave is back in action on Monday, hosting Virginia Commonwealth at 7 p.m. at Fogelman. For ticket information, call 504-861-WAVE.