For many basketball transfers, the grass is not always greener on the other side. But for Jerrelle Benimon, his basketball career was reborn following a disappointing two years at Georgetown and a run at Towson which led him to the professional career many had hoped for.

Benimon averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds a game at Fauquier HS in Warrenton, VA when he signed with Georgetown in 2008. "I always loved Georgetown," he told a Fauquier County web site. "I told [my high school coach] sophomore year that I was going there. I stuck with it, and I didn't really look at any other schools."

As a freshman, Benimon played in 29 games as a sixth man off the bench, but found little upward movement as a sophomore, averaging about 10 minutes a game and 1.2 points per game average. With more fouls (54) than points on the season (43), Benimon sought a transfer in the spring of 2012, opting for Towson, coming off a horrid 1-31 season.

In his junior season, Benimon averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds in leading the Tigers to an 18-13 mark, the largest one season turnaround in NCAA basketball history. A 20 point, 21 rebound effort against Oregon State earned national acclaim. As a senior, he averaged 18.7 points and 11.2 rebounds as the Tigers finished 25-11. For his efforts, he was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player Of the Year and was an Associated Press Honorable Mention All_American.

In a rare matchup between a former Georgetown player and his older team, Towson met the Hoyas on Dec. 8, 2012, where Benimon scored 10 points and 16 rebounds to keep Towson within range of an upset. From a 42-40 Georgetown lead with 4:35 remaining, the Hoyas scored the final four points of the game to prevail, 46-40.

Following college, Benimon signed a pre-season contract with the Denver Nuggets and eventually earned a 10-day stint on the Utah Jazz before playing overseas. Benimon is just one of three Towson players ever to play in the NBA.

In the aforementioned local interview, Benimon recalled his Georgetown days.

"I loved Georgetown the school because a lot of my close friends go there," he said. "If you're not positive your game will actually elevate going somewhere else then I don't think it's worth leaving a school like Georgetown, because the academics are so good."

 

Season

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

2009-10 29 0 351 13 33 39.3 1 6 16.7 14 21 66.7 20 58 2.0 49 12 10 7 41 1.4
2010-11 32 0 329 17 37 45.9 1 11 9.0 8 13 61.5 23 57 1.7 54 12 15 8 43 1.3
Totals 61 0 660 30 67 44.7 2 17 11.7 22 34 64.7 43 115 1.8 103 24 25 15 84 1.3
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