Coming into the 2012-2013 college basketball season, Drexel junior guard Frantz Massenat was the near-unanimous choice for the Colonial Athletic Association preseason Player of the Year. After him, some discussed Delaware junior guard Devon Saddler and a few others. But, no one even mentioned Towson junior forward Jerrelle Benimon.
Benimon, a 6-8, 245 pound Warrenton, VA product, transferred to Towson from Georgetown following his 2010-2011 sophomore campaign with the Hoyas. During his two years in the nation’s capital, Benimon averaged just 1.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in just over 11 minutes per game.
Safe to say, the big man needed a change of scenery.
Now, after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, Benimon has been tearing it up for the Tigers, and head coach Pat Skerry, Through the team’s first 10 games, in which he’s led the squad to a 4-6 record after watching them go 1-31 from the sidelines in 2011-2012, he’s become the team’s leader on and off the court. Overall, he’s leading the Tigers in scoring and rebounding, at 17.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. And, against tougher competition as of late, he’s stepped his game up even more.
In the team’s last three games, all on the road, Benimon stood tall and strong as he led the Tigers up against Vermont, No. 15 Georgetown and Temple. While the team only went 1-2, they competed in each game and had a chance to win, largely due to their versatile forward. Over the three games, Benimon averaged 23.3 points, 14.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, including a career high 30 points against the Owls.
At this point, Benimon looks to be one of, if not the, favorite contender for the CAA Player of the Year Award. And, if he does, he’ll likely earn the accolade in the process of leading his team to one of its best seasons in program history.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.