The Owl Howl: Tell the fans a little about yourself.
Grant Benzinger:I’m Grant Benzinger and I’m a 6’4, 175 pound guard in the 2014 class from Moeller High School in Cincinnati Ohio.
The Owl Howl: Have you ever been to Atlanta? If so, did you like it?
Benzinger: I’ve been down south but not near Atlanta. I like it a lot in Florida, so if Atlanta is anything like Florida then I’ll like it. The biggest differences are the weather and there are no Skyline Chili restaurants down south either, so that’s a bummer.
The Owl Howl: Describe your game, both offensively and defensively?
Benzinger: Offensively, I have an attack first mentality. I want to score quickly and effectively. I don’t try to force anything, I just try to make the play that is there to be made. Defensively, I want to guard the other teams best player. I try to prove my worth every game I play.
The Owl Howl: What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Benzinger: My strengths are my jumper, basketball IQ, leadership, footwork, ball handling and finishing at the rim. My weakness is my athleticism
The Owl Howl: What sets you apart from the rest?
Benzinger: What sets me apart are my work ethic and my drive to be great. I really want to maximize my potential as a basketball player.
The Owl Howl: What are you working on right now to improve your game?
Benzinger: Right now I’m working on my ball handling, court vision, and athleticism.
The Owl Howl: Were you one of the stars on your team as a sophomore?
Benzinger: I had to let the juniors and seniors play so they put me on JV. It was frustrating. On JV I scored most of the points and I wasn’t improving because of it. For the whole year I thought that I could help the varsity team but I never got the chance to prove it.
The Owl Howl: What attributes do you think Kennesaw State saw in you which made them confident enough to offer you before your junior year?
Benzinger: I think my potential and my shot. I can shoot off the dribble, off the catch and while moving, so that helped.
The Owl Howl: What are your favorite schools are you interested in you right now? Do you have a dream school?
Benzinger: Belmont and Davidson are up there. My dream school is Cincinnati.
The Owl Howl: Have you visited Kennesaw State yet? What do you think about the school/program?
Benzinger: I have not visited KSU yet, but I really like all the coaches. I’m not even a junior yet so I’m still weighing my options.
The Owl Howl: How long have you been playing basketball competitively?
Benzinger: I’ve played competitive basketball since 3rd grade. I always wanted to be in the NBA, so I’ve always thought that I could play D-1 basketball too.
The Owl Howl: Compare your game to a basketball player, college or pro, who would it be and why?
Benzinger: Nick Van Exel. We’re both lefties, we’re both clutch and we are around the same size.
The Owl Howl: Who is your favorite NBA player and team?
Benzinger: Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers
The Owl Howl: Seeing as how you are from Ohio, what is your take on the whole LeBron James situation, him bolting from Cleveland going to Miami and winning a ring?
Benzinger: I was upset when he left, but I’m more of a Lakers fan so it didn’t really matter to me.Follow @KSUOwlHowl