Posted On: 12/4/20 6:00 AM

Prep Hoops Illinois covered the games from the Thanksgiving Throwdown over the weekend.  This event across the border in Missouri was loaded with many of the top prospects from southern Illinois in the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023.  We break them down here in our Thanksgiving Throwdown: Top Performers!


NJ Benson NJ Benson 6'6" | PF Mt. Vernon | 2022 State IL (Mt. Vernon – 2022)

Benson was the most impressive prospect at the event.  The 6’7” 210 pound center broke out after being under the radar all summer.  In our first time seeing him since the end of his sophomore season he has gotten considerably better.  First part that stands out is his strength and frame.  Buildt similar to Kansas State freshman Davion Bradford with really broad shoulders and a strong upper body.  He moves very well for his size.  Benson was dominant on the glass in all three games we saw.  He crashed the offensive glass over and over again for put backs completely owning the boards throughout the event.  In one game alone he had five put backs.  The other area he scored a lot was on dump off passes which came from Rudd.  He slammed home quite a few monster jams going straight

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