Benoit Benjamin

Lenard Benoit Benjamin

Lenard Benoit “Big Ben” Benjamin was the first local high school student to be a number one draft pick for college basketball.

At 6’11 and still growing, Benjamin drew scholarship offers from colleges all across the country. The Monroe community was unaccustomed to the national spotlight as college recruiters from across the nation converged on Monroe to recruit Benjamin. In 1982 he signed with Creighton University.

He is one of the most famous products of Carroll High School basketball in the school’s history. In 1985 he dropped out of Creighton to accept a professional basketball contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

In 1989 he renewed his contract with the clippers for which provided him over $1 million a year in income. In 1996 he played center for the Vancouver Grisslies with a reported $4 million contract. His professional career spanned 15 years and ended in 2000.

He was born November 22, 1964. He was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1st round (3rd overall) of the 1985 NBA Draft. A 7'0" center from Creighton University, Benjamin played for nine NBA teams in 15 seasons from 1985-2000. He played for the Clippers (1985–91), Seattle SuperSonics (1991–93), Los Angeles Lakers (1993, 1999 preseason), New Jersey Nets(1993–95), Vancouver Grizzlies (1995), Milwaukee Bucks (1995–96), Toronto Raptors (1996), Philadelphia 76ers(1998–99) and Cleveland Cavaliers (1999).[1]

Perhaps Benjamin's best year as a professional came during the 1988-89 NBA season as a member of the Clippers, appearing in 79 games and averaging 16.4 ppg. In his NBA career, he had a .541 field goal percentage, recorded 4,604 defensive rebounds and 1,581 blocks and averaged 11.4 points and 2.0 blocks per game.

He is the Clippers' career leader in blocked shots (1,117) and in blocked shots per game (2.75).

Benjamin played for 15 seasons.
Big Ben in 1982