Jerrelle Benimon (born August 1, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for Bnei Herzliya of the Israeli Premier League. He was the 2012–13 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year as a redshirt junior after leading the Towson Tigers to the greatest single-season turnaround in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I history; the Tigers finished with a 1–31 record in 2011–12 before completing an 18–13 season the following year. Benimon also tied for the second-highest rebounding average (11.2) in Division I behind only Siena's O. D. Anosike's 11.4 per game average. Benimon repeated as the player of the year as a senior in 2013–14 and, coincidentally, finished second in the national rebounding average for a second consecutive season (11.2).
|No. 20 – Bnei Herzliya|
|League||Israeli Premier League|
|Born||August 1, 1991|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Fauquier (Warrenton, Virginia)|
|NBA draft||2014 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
High school careerEdit
Benimon attended Fauquier High School in Warrenton, Virginia. In his junior season in 2007–08 he averaged 19.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 3.5 assists per game. Then, as a senior, he averaged 21 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks per game en route to his second consecutive Cedar Run District Player of the Year award. On February 17, 2009, Benimon recorded a quadruple-double against Osbourn High School with 13 points, 17 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 blocks.
Benimon spent his first two collegiate seasons playing for the Hoyas of Georgetown University. He saw limited action in both seasons and scored a total of 84 points in 61 game appearances. He decided to transfer after his sophomore year in 2010–11, one in which he only averaged 10.2 minutes per game. Benimon said he "probably got 100 phone calls" from schools who were trying to recruit him as a transfer player, but he ultimately decided on Towson because "...the assistant that recruited me from Towson. He treated me like a big deal. He’d send me an e-mail 1,000 times a day. He’d call me all the time."
Having to sit out the 2011–12 season due to NCAA by-laws, Benimon flew under the radar heading in the Colonial Athletic Association's 2012–13 season. He was not even selected to an All-CAA team during the conference's preseason media day. Benimon burst onto the national scene during his junior year after averaging 17.1 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 blocks per game. He was named the CAA Player of the Week four times, its player of the year at the end of the regular season, and guided its 17.5-game turnaround from 2011–12 (the biggest turnaround in Division I history) by leading Towson in points, rebounds, assists and blocks. In an early season loss against Temple, Benimon scored 30 points and grabbed 18 rebounds; in an improbable road win against Oregon State, he recorded 20 points and 21 rebounds. Benimon was a top 10 finalist for the Lou Henson Award, given to the nation's best mid-major men's basketball player.
Benimon's senior season in 2013–14 saw him lead the Tigers to a second-place finish in the CAA behind Delaware, finishing the year with a 13–3 conference record (25–11 overall). The 25 wins is a program record for their Division I era. Towson, seeded second in the 2014 CAA Tournament, was upset in the semifinals by third-seeded William & Mary, ending their chance at an automatic NCAA Tournament bid. The Tigers accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, however, and won their first two games before falling in the quarterfinals against Murray State. For the year, Benimon averaged 18.7 points, 11.2 rebounds (second best in the nation behind UC Santa Barbara's Alan Williams), 3.6 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game. Benimon's 404 total rebounds set a new school single-season record; it also ranks second all-time in CAA men's basketball history. For the second straight season, Benimon was voted to the CAA's All-Defensive Team as well as being named the CAA Player of the Year.
After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Benimon joined the Miami Heat for Orlando Summer League and the Denver Nuggets for the Las Vegas Summer League. On September 30, 2014, he signed with the Nuggets, but was later waived by the team on October 22 before the start of the 2014–15 NBA season. On November 18, he was acquired by the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. On February 4, he was named to the Futures All-Star team for the 2015 NBA D-League All-Star Game.
On March 6, 2015, Benimon signed a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz. Following the expiration of his contract on March 16, he was not offered a second 10-day contract by the Jazz, parting ways with the team after appearing in just two games and returned to the Stampede that same day. On April 22, he was named to the 2015 All-NBA D-League first team and the All-Rookie first team.
Benimon joined the Brooklyn Nets for the 2016 NBA Summer League. On September 10, he signed with Qingdao DoubleStar of the Chinese Basketball Association. On March 2, 2017, Delaware 87ers acquired rights to Benimon.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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- "Prewitt, Rusthoven, Thornton Highlight W&M Men's Basketball CAA Award Winners". WYdaily.com. Williamsburg Yorktown Daily. March 6, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
- HEAT Announce Summer League Information
- 2014 Summer League Roster Archived 2014-07-11 at the Wayback Machine
- "Denver Nuggets Announce 2014-15 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. September 30, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
- Nuggets Waive Benimon and Williams
- Stampede Acquires Free Agent Jerrelle Benimon
- "Thirteen NBA Veterans Headline Rosters for NBA Development League All-Star Game Presented by Kumho Tire". NBA.com. February 15, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
- Jazz Sign Jerrelle Benimon to 10-Day Contract
- NBA Development League Announces 2014-15 All-League Teams
- "Cavs Announce 2015 Samsung NBA Summer League Roster". NBA.com. July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
- "Jerelle Benimon joins Foshan". Asia-Basket.com. September 17, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- "Jerrelle Benimon signs at Qingdao Eagles". Asia-Basket.com. September 10, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
- "SEVENS ACQUIRE RIGHTS TO BENIMON". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 2, 2017. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
- "Jerrelle Benimon inks with Ulm". Sportando.com. October 29, 2017. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
- "Breakers Complete Roster With Benimon". NBL.com.au. August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
- "NZ Breakers Release Jerrelle Benimon". NBL.com.au. September 3, 2018. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
- "בני הרצליה: בנימון במקום ארמסטרונג". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2019.