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MLive-Atlanta Hawks cut former Oakland University star Keith Benson

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By Justin Rogers | MLive.com Keith Benson's NBA dream is temporarily on hold after being cut by the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. Benson, who was drafted in the second-round by the Hawks, played 24 minutes in two preseason games, scoring three points, grabbing four rebounds and blocking three shots. Benson, 23, played four years at Oakland University, leading the Golden Grizzlies to the NCAA Tournament the past two years while winning the Summit League Player of the Year both seasons. As a senior, Benson averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.1 block shots. Oakland retired Benson's No. 34 jersey last month at halftime of the school's game with the University of Tennessee. Benson has NBA size, measuring 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-4 wingspan at the NBA Draft Combine, but has struggled to put weight on his frame, weighing in at just 217 pounds at the same event. It's unlikely the Detroit Pistons will consider adding Benson with one of their two vacant roster spots. Team President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars has stated his desire to add another big man to the roster, but an inexperienced player like Benson is probably not what Dumars has in mind.

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