STARKVILLE, Miss. - Riley Benock, a 6-foot-5 guard from Meade County High School in Brandenburg, Ky., has signed a national letter of intent with Mississippi State University, as announced Friday by Bulldog basketball coach Rick Stansbury.
Benock (pronounced BEE-knock), a versatile, 175-pound backcourt performer, compiled team-leading averages of 17.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.7 blocks per game this past season as a senior in collecting second-team all-state honors. The Battletown, Ky., native was also selected the 2006-07 3rd Region Player of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches (KABC) after leading coach Jerry Garris' 23-7 Greenwave club to a semifinal-round appearance in the 3rd Region Tournament and an 11th District Tournament championship.
Following his senior campaign at Meade County in which he connected on 87-of-200 (44%) three-point attempts, Benock has participated in the KABC East-West All-Star Game and the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game within the past month. In addition, Benock is slated to try out this weekend for the Kentucky All-Star team that annually competes against the Indiana All-Stars during the summer.
In three full seasons of varsity competition at MCHS, Benock totaled 1,159 career points (12.6 ppg), 517 rebounds (5.6 rpg), 427 assists (4.6 apg), 236 steals (2.6 spg) and 113 blocks (1.2 bpg), while shooting 43 percent from three-point range with 177 career made 3-pointers and 74 percent from the charity stripe for his prep career.
As a junior, Benock averaged 12.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 3.4 steals and 1.7 blocks an outing in helping lead the Greenwave squad to a 20-9 record in 2005-06, including claiming the school's first district title in 14 years and advancing to the regional tournament for the first time since 2000.
Having also earned three baseball letters as a pitcher at Meade County, Benock is presently ranked sixth in his graduating class of 335 seniors with a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average.
Benock joins previously announced MSU signees Ravern Johnson of Clarksdale's Coahoma County High School, Kodi Augustus of Maine Central Institute by way of Baton Rouge, La., and Elgin Bailey of Baton Rouge's Belaire High School.