Rod Benson
Rod Benson

Player Profile

San Diego, CA

High School:
Torrey Pines

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 220




After emerging as one of the most improved players in the country last season, Benson enters his senior year as a confident, experienced post player for the Bears ... led Cal in both scoring (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg) in 2004-05 after contributing just 2.6 ppg and 1.7 rpg the previous season ... his career field goal percentage rate (52.6%) ranks sixth in school history ... an active big man who plays with a high degree of enthusiasm whenever he is on the court ... can hit the mid-range jumper and drive well to the hoop ... voted Cal's Most Improved Player each of the last two years after tripling his minutes and rebounding and scoring production each season ... a former first team all-league volleyball player with great leaping ability ... 2004-05 ... reached double figures in scoring in 21 of 29 games, including six double-doubles ... set personal highs in minutes, points, rebounds, assists and steals during the year ... shot 54.3 percent from the floor, good for seventh in the Pac-10 ... played a big role in Cal's win at BYU Nov. 27 with 14 points, then added 22 points (9-11 FG, 4-7 FT) and eight rebounds vs. UNLV Dec. 1 ... scored a career-high 25 points (11-18 FG, 3-4 FT) and grabbed 10 boards for his first career double-double vs. Colorado Dec. 7 ... reached double digits in scoring in 16 of 18 Pac-10 games, with a best of 24 points at home vs. Stanford ... had 14 points and a personal-best 14 rebounds at UCLA Jan. 22, helping the Bears to a 64-51 victory ... contributed 22 points (10-16 FG, 2-3 FT) and 10 boards in only 23 minutes vs. Oregon State Jan. 29 ... helped Cal to one of its biggest road wins at Arizona State with 20 points, eight rebounds and two blocks ... 2003-04 ... after starting the year slowly, came on especially strong during Pac-10 play ... had his breakout game at Arizona Jan. 8 when he scored a then-career-high 11 points (5-5 FG, 1-4 FT) and added five rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes ... perhaps his best outing came vs. Oregon Feb. 26 with eight points, six rebounds and four blocks in 22 minutes ... made the go-ahead bucket in overtime against the Ducks ... also added seven points and three boards at Washington in March ... averaged 9.1 minutes per game in conference action ... ranked third on the squad with 15 blocks overall, while leading the team in blocks per 40 minutes played (3.4) ... 2002-03 ... saw limited action during the season, appearing in 16 games ... most extensive playing time came at Washington State Jan. 18 when he played 10 minutes and scored two points ... also saw eight minutes of action against the Cougars at home Feb. 13, grabbing three rebounds ... snagged three boards against Grambling in the first round of the Golden Bear Classic and also had a pair of rebounds in the home opener vs. Howard ... played well in the Pac-10 Tournament, scoring a season-best seven points in only four minutes vs. Oregon State in the quarterfinals ... came back to get four points and two boards the next night against USC.

High School: Benson averaged 14 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.8 blocks while leading Torrey Pines HS to a 25-4 record and the CIF sectional quarterfinals his senior year ... had single-game highs of 22 points, 18 rebounds and 11 blocks ... named first team all-league and second team All-CIF San Diego Section ... rated the No. 3 center on the West Coast by ... played three years of varsity volleyball, earning first team league honors in 2002 ... at Torrey Pines, was a member of the Human Relations Council ... also a Governor's Scholar, a GSE Scholar and listed in Who's Who in American High Schools.

Personal: Rodrique Zsorryon Benson ... born Oct. 10, 1984 in Fairfield, Calif. ... mother is Brisjon Holmes ... has a younger brother, Chris ... American studies major.

Career Highs
Points: 25 vs. Colorado, Dec. 7, 2004
Rebounds: 14 at UCLA, Jan. 22, 2005
Assists: 4 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, Dec. 4, 2004
Blocks: 4 vs. Oregon, Feb. 26, 2004
Steals: 2 many times, last vs. USC, Feb. 19, 2005

Career Statistics

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