Taj Benning, Bergen Catholic Ready to Lead Off NJ Tip Off

Taj Benning and Bergen Catholic will play in the first game of the NJ Tip Off Showcase at Caldwell College (photo from nj.com)

Taj Benning and Bergen Catholic will play in the first game of the NJ Tip Off Showcase at Caldwell College (photo from nj.com)

Bergen Catholic (NJ) will kick off the Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase with the first game of the event against Immaculate Conception (NJ). They will be returning junior shooting guard Taj Benning who has proven himself as solid division one prospect after a successful AAU season with the NJ Roadrunners. Benning will try and lead by example for the rest of his team.

“My goal for this season is to be the best leader I can possibly be and do whatever I can to help my team be the best we can be,” said Benning.

He has been very active this offseason by working on his physical traits.

“I have prepared for the season by working on my game every day,” he said. “I do skill training for at least two hours every day and I’ve also been putting a lot of work into my body. I do weight training and yoga three to four times a week.”

 

Coach Billy Armstrong has put in a system for his players to abide by. Benning believes in order to be successful this season he and the rest of his teammates will have to buy into his system.
“The key for a successful season is for our team to buy into Coach Armstrong’s system quickly, play unselfish and compete ever second we are on the floor,” he told HoopGroup.com.

 

He watches Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade the most for a couple of reasons.
“My favorite player has always been Dwayne Wade,” he said. “I love the intensity he plays with and the fact that he competes just as hard on both ends of the floor.

Benning believes that playing in the Tip-Off Showcase will be a fun and beneficial experience for he and the rest of his teammates.

“Our team is very excited about playing in the Hoop Group Tip-Off Classic,” Benning said. “We love competing against the best teams and playing in the Hoop Group showcases always allows us the opportunity to match up against the top competition.”

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