Benimon and Sanford seek lower altitude (off the hilltop)

By Zack Malet | May 11, 2011

So the altitude of practicing on the hilltop probably isn’t the reason, but the sophomore duo will be changing scenery. Earlier this week it was announced that Jerrelle Benimon will join Vee Sanford in taking his talents elsewhere. Chathoyas wishes both Vee Sanford and Jerelle Benimon luck at whatever school they attend next year.

What we’re missing out on by Jerrelle Benimon transferring:

  • Rebounding. In Jerrelle’s limited minutes, he brought a much needed tenacity to the boards.
  • Upside. Whenever a player leaves after only underclassmen experience, the greatest fear is that the player is going to improve drastically (in our face). Vernon Macklin is a hard-to-swallow example of how Jerrelle’s combo of size and athleticism may come back to haunt us.

While Sanford thankfully won’t be moving to the dreaded Terps, he is reportedly looking at Loyola-Chicago, Dayton, Xavier and USC.

What we’re missing out on by Sanford transferring:

  • Great upside. His 2.4 pts a game were more a product of backing up 3 upper classmen than anything else (disagree on the ball handling argument). Great outside shot, was really coming on as a prospect when the Hoyas got the late signee. While Markel Starks is the future at the PG spot, our 2011-12 guard rotation will now be thinner than Greg Whittington (too soon?).
  • Sports IQ. Hates when baseball plays are #1 on ESPN. (Amen!)

(chathoyas version of Sports Illustrated’s “sign of apocalypse”) This weeks sign of positive momentum: Hollis Thompson withdrew from the draft, and he grew an inch and a half!



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