The Little Caesars Player of the Week – Cameron Bender
11 months ago Andrew Luberda 0
County Line Preps is pleased to have a sponsorship agreement with specific Little Caesars locations in Queen Creek and Coolidge.
Little Caesars, home of the Hot-‘N-Ready pizza, will sponsor the Player of the Week and Player of the Month awards as part of our agreement.
Each week, CountyLinePreps.com will announce the Player of the Week, accompanied by a Q&A with that week’s winner.
The Player of the Week will receive a gift certificate, redeemable for a two-liter bottle of soda, a pepperoni or cheese pizza, and an order of Crazy Bread that will be honored at one of the two aforementioned Little Caesars locations.
Additionally, the Player of the Week automatically qualifies for the Player of the Month Award, which will be determined by a poll that will be posted on our County Line Preps Twitter account during the final week each month.
The Player of the Month will receive a plaque and a $25 Little Caesars gift card.
Now that we’ve provided details of both awards, we are pleased to announce this week’s Little Caesars Player of Week:
Benjamin Franklin High School
6’2 – Shooting Guard
Bender scored a game-high 49 points in the Chargers’ 97 – 94 OT victory against Coolidge on Jan. 12. The junior went 13-of-21 from the field, including 6-of-8 from three-point range. He made 17-of-21 free throws in the game as well.
For the season, Bender is averaging a team-high 21 points per game and is the Chargers’ leader in three-point attempts made with 61.
You score 49 points and your team wins? That’s all it takes to be out Little Caesars Player of the Week.
County Line Preps: Is the 49 points against Coolidge the most points you’ve ever scored in a game? What’s the next highest, when and against which team?
Cameron Bender: Yes, 49 points is the most I’ve scored in a game in my career. I’ve also had two games where I have scored 36 points each – last year versus Globe and this year versus Hayden.
CLP: You’re the leading scorer on the Chargers at more than 21 ppg. To what do you attribute your success?
CB: I attribute my success this season to my teammate Adam Martin, who averages the second best on our team this season. We played club ball this past off season together and we grew to play with each other more and have a better chemistry on the court. Last year there wasn’t any chemistry between us, but this year we work together so much better. Next year I believe that we can both average 20-25 points per game and make a solid run in playoffs.
CLP: You have another season at Benjamin Franklin. What area of your game do you want to improve the most before next season?
CB: I want to be stronger in the paint and be able to finish more difficult shots with more consistency. Also, I want to become a better ball handler, so I can relieve some of the stress of our point guard at times.
CLP: What is your greatest athletic memory at Benjamin Franklin High School?
CB: My favorite athletic memory is probably the past game versus Coolidge because I scored a career high in points. When the game was over our team walked outside the school and our fans, who got kicked out, were there waiting to greet us and celebrate the great win that we took over Coolidge.
CLP: What is your favorite sports movie and why?
CB: My favorite sports movie is got to be The Sandlot because it’s a classic movie that I probably watched a thousand times when I was younger.
CLP: Name one person you’d most like to meet and why?
CB: The person that I would like to meet the most is Ray Allen. He was an amazing sharpshooter and I strive to become even half of the shooter that he was. I love watching old videos of him on YouTube because he knew how to shoot the ball. He knew how to create a shot for himself no matter who was guarding him.