NBA teams will have the entire 2010-11 season to figure out if they want to draft Robin Benzing as the talent 21-year-old German hoops talent decided in the last minute to pull his name out of the 2010 NBA Draft.

The ratiopharm Ulm forward Benzing impressed last season in his first year as a professional, averaging 12.5 points including 37.6 percent from three-point range.

Benzing also didn’t hurt his draft chances at all with his performances at the adidas camp in Treviso. But the youngster and his agent, former German international Marko Pesic, decided against remaining in the June 24 draft.

“We did not miss a chance but won more possibilities,” said Pesic of the decision.

Benzing would most likely have been drafted but not likely in the first round, meaning he would have spent the next one, two seasons in Germany or Europe anyhow.

Benzing, however, will automatically be included in the 2011 draft and the goal is clear: being drafted in the first round and securing a three-year contrat.

Until then, he hopes to use his time in Ulm to continue his development.

Ulm head coach Mike Taylor, not surprisingly, was happy about continuing his work with the talented Benzing. The coach believes Benzing would have been selected latest early in the second round of the 2010 draft. But now he can work with the 6-foot-10 budding superstar to improve his draft status.

Benzing will first play for Germany at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey and then will have the chance to impress NBA scouts at games in Ulm.



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