Anyway, itâ€™s pretty remarkable to see a 6-10 guy like Benzing putting the ball on the floor as easily as he does. Heâ€™s not the quickest guy around, but he can attack the basket going both ways and shows nice footwork. Still, he struggles finishing his slashing attempts, lacking some ability to score around the basket in traffic, but also some aggressiveness to attack the rim. He can pass the ball off the drive with mixed results: his intentions seem pretty interesting, but heâ€™s not that precise with his passes. In the shooting department he looks quite inconsistent. He enjoys range out to the three point line, but his mechanics probably need to be polished. Benzing barely uses his size to post-up his opponents, emerging as virtually a pure face-up player at this point. Perhaps when he gains some strength he will try harder to cash in off his size. Defensively, he enjoys the lateral quickness of a small forward, although again he sometimes gets outmuscled.
There are some issues with the Benzing situation though. The first problem is eligibility, there have been numerous NCAA issues with European players coming over and playing college ball. So it’s a pretty safe bet that Benzing will have to deal with a lot of paper work and issues early on. I think Benzing is graduating high school this spring (making him a 2008 recruit) but would most likely sit a year which basically turns him into an 09. If he has to sit out a year it probably wouldn’t be that bad of a thing because he certainly needs to put on muscle as is evident in his pictures. If the issues can be worked out I think taking a chance on a guy like this would be a great move. One of Beilein’s best players at West Virginia was German Johannes Herber. Robin just strikes me as one of those super skilled big men that would just make Beilein drool and I think the situation is definitely worth keeping an eye on.