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  Keith Benjamin
Keith Benjamin

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Mount Vernon, N.Y.

High School:
Mount Vernon H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
10/23/1986

Experience:
3L

03/12/2008

Pittsburgh Advances to Quarterfinals, Defeats Cincinnati, 70-64

Panthers are slated to face Louisville Thursday, 7:00 p.m. ET.

01/02/2008

Pitt Rebounds With Victory Over Lafayette

Benjamin leads all Panthers with 20 points in 96-75 win.

12/29/2007

Pittsburgh vs. Dayton

Pittsburgh vs. Dayton on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, in Dayton, Ohio.

11/23/2007

Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo

Pittsburgh vs. Buffalo in Pittsburgh, Friday, Nov. 23, 2007.

11/15/2007

Pittsburgh vs. Mississippi Valley State

Pittsburgh vs. Mississippi Valley State in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007.

Keith Benjamin Bio (pdf)

THE STORYLINE

Keith Benjamin is in his senior season at Pitt after seeing action in 86 career games. A tough, strong, physical, athletic off guard, Benjamin is a streaky shooter who has provided a strong scoring punch and stellar defense off the bench. Benjamin is capable of providing instant offense at the off guard or small forward position. He is also a productive rebounder for his size. Defensively, Benjamin has the ability to defend opponents who are taller and bigger. This summer, Benjamin led the Pittsburgh Basketball Summer League in scoring at over 30 points per game. Look for Benjamin to make an impact in his final season.

CAREER

Appeared in 86 career games and played a total of 1,070 minutes...Reached double figure scoring in seven career games.

2006-07

Played in all 37 games...Reached double figure scoring in one game on year (Northeastern)...Played 14 minutes in NCAA Second Round vs. VCU, 3/17...Scored six points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists in 15 minutes in NCAA First Round vs. Wright State, 3/15...Grabbed a career-high tying six rebounds in 10 minutes of Big East Championship Final vs. Georgetown, 3/10...Finished with nine points, all coming from 3-point range (3-5 3FG) including two clutch second half 3-pointers in 11 minutes at Villanova, 1/29...Scored six points vs. Georgetown, 1/13...Scored seven points on 3-4 shooting in 18 minutes vs. USF, 1/7...Hit two key 3-pointers, scored six points in 13 minutes at Syracuse, 1/4...Scored five key points to start a 9-0 run in the second half at Buffalo, 12/9...Finished with seven points on 3-4 shooting in 18 minutes at Auburn, 12/3...Scored six points in 12 minutes vs. Robert Morris, 11/29... Scored six points in 16 minutes vs. Florida State, 11/24...Scored eight points (3-5 FG) and hit 2-2 3-pointers vs. Oakland, 11/19....Finished with a season-high 11 points (4-8 FG) and a career-high three steals in 14 minutes vs. Northeastern, 11/17...Scored six points in 18 minutes in Maggie Dixon Classic vs. Western Michigan, 11/12.

2005-06

Played in 31 of 33 games with starts in each of the four Big East Championship games...Hit double figure scoring in five games on the year...Missed the two NCAA Tournament games (vs. Kent State and vs. Bradley) due to illness...Made first career start vs. Louisville in the Big East Championship First Round, 3/8...Over a two-game stretch vs. both Cincinnati and Providence, averaged 15.5 points, 2.5 3-pointers and hit 11-15 field goals (.733) in averaging 20.5 minutes...Scored 15 points on a career-high six field goals made (6-8 FG), hit both of his 3-point attempts and grabbed four rebounds in 23 minutes at Providence, 2/15...Caught an alley-oop pass for a slam dunk in the first half, scored a career-high 16 points (5-7 FG) and drained a career-high three 3-pointers vs. Cincinnati, 2/12...Scored eight points (4-8 FG) in 23 minutes at Connecticut, 1/31...Scored 11 points (5-7 FG), pulled down a career-high six rebounds in 24 minutes vs. Syracuse, 1/23...Came off the bench and registered then-career highs for points (12), field goals made (5), field goals attempted (10) and minutes played (28) vs. Rutgers, 1/18...Provided spark off the bench with six points (3-4 FG) and two rebounds in 14 minutes at South Carolina, 12/28...Hit two 3-pointers, finished with six points and five rebounds at Duquesne, 12/7...Played 16 minutes, scored seven points including a fast break dunk, had one steal, two rebounds and two assists vs. Auburn, 12/4...Played 24 minutes off the bench and contributed five points and four rebounds vs. St. Francis (N.Y.), 11/29...Scored 10 points (4-5 FG) with a career-high four assists vs. Maine, 11/26...Played 16 minutes in season opener vs. Saint Peter's, 11/19.

2004-05

Earned the Coaches Award at the annual team banquet...Played in 18 games and 182 minutes on year...Averaged 10.1 minutes per game...Scored seven points (3-5 FG), pulled down four rebounds and registered two steals in 22 minutes of the NCAA Tournament First Round game vs. Pacific, 3/17...Scored six points, grabbed three rebounds in 15 minutes in Big East Championship vs. Villanova, 3/10...Played a then career-high 27 minutes at West Virginia, 2/5...Played in 16 minutes with three points and three rebounds vs. Providence, 1/31...Played 21 minutes, finished with a career-high 10 points (3-5 FG), hit 2-3 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds vs. Syracuse, 1/29...Played 13 minutes vs. Coppin State, 12/18...Scored six points (3-8 FG), grabbed two rebounds and registered a steal in first career action in debut vs. Howard, 11/20.

HIGH SCHOOL

A 2004 graduate of Mount Vernon High School where he lettered four years for Head Coach Bob Cimmino...Led Mount Vernon to a 27-3 record, No. 7 national ranking by USA Today and 2004 Class 2A state title as a senior...Averaged 14.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a senior...Led Mount Vernon with 15 points in its 56-46 win over Niagara Falls and won its 15th consecutive appearance in the 2004 Class AA state championship game...In four-year varsity career, scored 995 points, grabbed 250 rebounds and dished out 139 assists while leading Mount Vernon to a 98-13 record...Three-year All-Tri-State and All-County selection...Averaged 18.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists while leading Mount Vernon to a 26-1 record as a junior...Shot 44 percent from 3-point range...Guided Mount Vernon to the 2003 New York Class A state final and earned Class A All-Tournament honors after scoring 10 points in the season final against McQuaid Jesuit...Scored 8.2 points and finished with 6.3 assists as a sophomore...Averaged 6.6 points as a freshman...Rated the No. 58 player nationally by HoopScoop and the No. 19 shooting guard by Athlon...Won dunk contests at Five-Star and at an event in Canada...Played for the nationally renowned AAU team Riverside Church...Riverside Church reached No. 1 in the AAU national rankings...Standout at ABCD Camp...Hit game-winning 3-pointer with 5.5 seconds to go and scored 13 points in the Wendy's All-Star Shootout in Chicago...Scored 11 points in the Pittsburgh World Hoops Classic All-Star Game at the Petersen Events Center.

PERSONAL

Born Keith Benjamin on October 23, 1986 in Valhalla, N.Y....Son of Vickie Benjamin...Has two brothers, Kevin Mitchell and Erich Williams, along with a sister Chantel Marrow...Mount Vernon High School has produced several college and NBA basketball standouts including Scooter McCray, Rodney McCray, Gus Williams, Ray Williams and current Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon...Happiest and most gratifying moment in sports was winning the New York High School state title as he owns a red ring with a No. 1 engraving...Role model is Michael Jordan...Chose Pitt because of its great campus, great people and great team...Favorite food is mac & cheese...Nickname is "K-Rucker" because he first played basketball at Rucker Park in New York at the young age of 14...Roommate of teammate Ronald Ramon...Majors in administration of justice.