The Wright State men’s basketball program has announced the signing of five players to attend WSU and play basketball for the Raiders next fall: Grant Benzinger, a 6-3 guard from Cincinnati, Ohio; Roderick Davis, a 6-8 forward from Brandon, Florida; Grant Evans, a 6-3 guard from Muncie, Indiana; Justin Mitchell, a 6-4 guard from Ft. Wayne, Indiana; and Joe Thomasson, a 6-4 guard from Dayton, Ohio.
“The 2014 recruiting class has a terrific balance of athleticism, skill and toughness,” WSU head coach Billy Donlon said. “They are all quality young men, which is a credit to their families, teachers, coaches, and communities. They have potential, but will need to continue to put in hard work to capitalize on their potential. I am thankful for the efforts of the staff in assembling this recruiting class.”
Benzinger, a senior at Moeller High School in Cincinnati, averaged 13.4 points per game last season for Moeller. He shot 40 percent from 3-point range. Playing for legendary coach Carl Kremer, Grant helped lead Moeller to a record of 23-3 during his junior season. He was also named to the GCL-South All-Conference First Team during the 2012-13 campaign.
“Grant plays for one of the best coaching staffs in the country, led by head coach Carl Kremer,” Donlon said. “Grant will bring an ability to shoot the ball that will translate immediately to the college game. Grant’s toughness and competitive spirit are his most attractive qualities as a player.”
Davis, a senior at Brandon High School near Tampa, averaged 13.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks as a junior. FloridaHoops.com called Davis “one of the more versatile forwards in Florida’s 2014 class.” Davis helped lead Brandon to an 18-9 record during the 2012-13 season. Brandon is coached by Jamie Turner.
“Roderick brings an inside-outside combination to his game that we like,” Donlon said. “He has great leadership qualities that our program values. Roderick brings a competitive spirit that is an invaluable asset.”
Evans, a senior at Wapahani High School in Selma, Indiana, helped lead his team to a 22-4 record and a sectional tournament title with an average of 17.9 points per game as a junior. He shot 44% from 3-point range, while also becoming the school’s career scoring leader with 1,346 points. Grant was selected to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Junior All-Star team after the 2012-13 season. Wapahani, coached by Matt Luce, has a record of 57-13 during Grant’s 3-year career.
“Grant Evans has a very good offensive skill set,” Donlon said “He combines the ability to shoot and score with a high basketball IQ and instinctive passing skills. His high school program is very fundamentally sound, and Grant was placed in a leadership role starting with his very first high school practice. He was our first commitment in this class, which shows his excitement about our program. He will be a terrific teammate. “
Justin Mitchell, a senior at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, averaged 20.6 points, 8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 59% from the field overall. He was named to the Summit Athletic Conference First Team during the 2012-13 season. Wayne High School, coached by Aaron Rehrer, achieved a 13-9 record last season.
“Justin is a terrific student, person, and player,” Donlon said. “He will defend multiple positions, and can attack the rim on the offensive end. Coach Rehrer plays a physical style that has prepared Justin for the Division I level.”
Thomasson, a sophomore at State Fair Community College, played for Darnell Hoskins at Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton, Ohio. During his junior year at Thurgood Marshall, the Cougars finished the season as Division II State Runner-up. Thomasson averaged 16 points per game during 2011-12, his senior season at Thurgood. He averaged 14.2 points per game as a freshman at State Fair, while also earning Region 16 First Team honors.
“Joe is a terrific passer, which indicates a great feel for the game,” Donlon said. “Joe brings great size for a point/combo guard. Coach Hoskins discipline, toughness, and teaching has impacted Joe immensely.”
The Raiders are currently 2-2 and will play in Mobile, Alabama, against Houston Baptist Friday at 5 pm and South Alabama Saturday at 2 pm. WSU comes home to host Alcorn State Wednesday at 7 pm. For tickets information, click here.