Early signing for USI

Apparently, USI’s men’s basketball team will sign a player on Monday — Brett Benning of Dakota High School near Rockford, Ill. (The town, pop. 496, is roughly northwest of Rockford not far from Freeport, which is USI junior Austin Davis’ hometown). Benning is a 6-5 guard, reports the Rockford Register Star, and he averaged 22 points and 10.2 rebounds per game as a junior. But Benning is mostly known “for his shooting touch,” especially from the outside, according to the paper. He was named second team all-state in Class 1A by the Associated Press last season.

Rockford Register Star quotes Benning: “It’s definitely an honor. It’s nice because not many people have gotten scholarships out of a small school like this. I am thankful to everybody who has supported me through everything.”

Register Star quotes from Brian Benning, presumably Brett’s father: “One of the things that really helped Brett was his performance on the AAU circuit this summer. We played one game in Milwaukee where there were 100 to 150 college coaches in attendance.”

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