Putnam Science Academy (Conn.)
High School: Graduated from Putnam Science Academy (Conn.) … Consensus top-150 recruit, unanimously considered the best prospect in Connecticut … Considered a four-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports and the 247Sports Composite … Ranked No. 80 overall and No. 14 among point guards by ESPN … Placed No. 126 in the 247 rankings, including No. 19 at his position … Tabbed as the No. 103 recruit, including No. 16 among point guards, by the 247Sports Composite … Also finished No. 148 in the Rivals rankings, good for No. 27 at his position … Missed his entire senior season with a left ankle injury sustained in a scrimmage … Attended Cushing Academy (Mass.) as a junior and served as the team captain … Averaged 15.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game, en route to Class AA All-NEPSAC honors … Went to his hometown Arlington High School (Mass.) for two years … Played on the soccer team as a sophomore … The Detroit Pistons’ Hamidou Diallo also graduated from Putnam, while the Milwaukee Bucks’ Pat Connaughton also hails from Arlington, Mass.
Personal: Full name is Bensley Ralph Joseph … Goes by Benz … Born Feb. 18, 2002, in Miami … Lived in Miami for the first eight months of his life, before moving to Massachusetts … Mother is Rachel Lamonge … Does not have any siblings … Majoring in entrepreneurship … Favorite athlete is Damian Lillard because he is a realist on and off the court, as well as a reliable late-game player … Best sports memory is hitting a buzzer-beating jump-shot against Canterbury School as a junior and getting mobbed by his teammates … Committed to Miami over Boston College, Georgetown, Marquette and Providence … Chose Miami because he felt the staff valued his game and showed the most interest.