MSJC men's basketball standout Dwayne Benjamin made his commitment official today when he signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Oregon.
Benjamin a 6'7 sophomore from Lafayette, Louisiana had verbally committed to the Ducks after a September visit to the Eugene campus. Benjamin had official visits planned to Iowa State, Cincinnati, Florida State, and Wichita State as well, but committed to the Ducks after making his trip there.
Benjamin had a strong first season for the Eagles last year as he averaged 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while helping MSJC to the Southern California Regional Semi-Finals. This season Benjamin is off to a fast start as he has scored in double figures in all three of MSJC's games. Last weekend the Eagles started their season by going 2-1 in the Ventura College We Play Hard Tournament, where Benjamin was named to the All Tournament team.
Benjamin was ranked as a four star recruit by 247 Sports and was listed as the sixth best junior college player in the nation by Next Up Recruits. Benjamin becomes the 31st player, and 19th at MSJC, to sign a Division I scholarship after playing for head coach Patrick Springer. "We learn a lot about toughness on the court in this program, and I think that helped me get to the point I am at," said Benjamin. "I think of the guys that I have had that have gone on to that level, Dwayne has as good a chance as any at succeeding at the highest level," said Springer. "I think he's going to have a very successful year this year and we are looking to enjoy it right along with him."
Eagle sophomore Dwayne Benjamin seated next to head coach Patrick Springer flashes his "O" after signing with the University of Oregon men's basketball program on Wednesday November 13th.