HU signs Columbia City hoop star Benedict

Columbia City High School senior basketballl player Drew Benedict signs a lietter of comittment to attend Huntington University next fall. With Benedict are his parents (front row from left) Chris and Sandy Benedict, and (back) HU Head Coach Ty Platt. Photo provided.

The Huntington University men's basketball team has added its first recruit for the 2013 season with the signing of Columbia City High School standout Drew Benedict.

The 5-10 guard comes to HU as one of the state's best shooters. With his senior season yet to come, Benedict currently holds the school record for most three-pointers made and attempted for a season and career and is on pace to score more than 1,000 points and finish his prep career as one of the top five scorers in Eagle history.

As a junior, Benedict averaged 12.7 points, with just under nine points coming from behind the three-point line, and 2.8 assists per contest. The three-time Northeast Hoosier All-Conference selection has drained 183 threes to date at a clip of 37.8 percent.

His sharp-shooting is well documented around the state as evidenced by his selection as a two-time IBCA All-State Underclassman and three-time participant at the IBCA Top 100 Workout.

Huntington University Head Coach Ty Platt says he is looking forward to Benedict's contributions.

"We are excited that Drew has decided to be a Forester. Drew is a very good shooter and scorer, understands the game very well and has a real toughness about him.

"He has been a vital part of a lot of success in high school, playing in one of the best programs in the state. We think those things will translate into Drew having a great four year career at HU."