Thursday, April 2, 2015

Jerry Ben Commits to Cornell

Cornell received a commitment from Jerry Ben (New Haven HS)  New Haven, MI, 6-9, C.

Ben is a member of the high school class of 2016.  He was offered by Cornell on March 27 and committed on April 1.

See Ben's profile on Prep Hoops Michigan, Verbal Commits, and Max Preps and an article on him in USA Today.

As a junior, Ben averaged 6.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game for the New Haven Rockets.  He was named 7th Team All State by Prep Hoops Michigan for Class B.  Ben is ranked by Bank Hoops as the #1 forward in the class of 2016 in Michigan by Bank Hoops, which evaluates him as, "Raw, but makes up for it with his motor and athleticism." During the 2014-2015 preseason, Ben was named MVP of the Bank Hoops Class of 2016 Minicamp, which evaluated him as follows:
MVP Jerry Ben 6-9 Jr New Haven
A Ben Wallace type all-energy raw 4 man who out worked and out jumped others to the ball all day. He doesn't have the skill of Deyonta Davis, but does similar athleticism, length and timing. Pursued rebounds well outside his area and had a quicker second jump than any forward at camp. Teams are going to have a real dilemma getting off shots against New Haven this winter, between Ben and 6-11 junior Innocent Nwoko, another camp standout.

"Worker; learner," said a coach. "Al Horford/Moses Malone/Dennis Rodman basics. Raw right now but may have the highest upside in the camp. I absolutely loved him. Great teammate, great attitude and exponential talent going forward. Wow!"

"Similar to Innocent in athleticism, attitude and personality, but not as skilled," said another. "Back-to-the-basket game is non-existent and needs a lot of work. Doesn't handle it well enough to be a stretch 4, so developing in the post is essential. Plays very hard on both ends, but needs to show more patience on the offensive end. Dominant on the defensive ends with both his ability to block shots and rebound. One of the best defensive rebounders at the camp. You can't teach what he has, so his work ethic will be the key dictator of where his potential takes him."


Anonymous said...

Seems strikingly similar to David O -- athletic with a raw offensive game.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Yes, similar to David Onuorah but not as wide-bodied. Probably better comparison to Deion Giddens because Jerry is long (and supposedly still growing, projects to 6'10").

Bill continues to follow the same Blueprint, defense over offense, protect the rim, figure out how to score later.

Anonymous said...

Gary Close and yet so far.