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'Deuce' staying at home to play for Aggies


One of the best high-school players in New Mexico is staying at home and will be playing for New Mexico State University. 

William “Deuce” Benjamin, a senior at Las Cruces High, announced Saturday, April 16, via Instagram that he has committed to play for the Aggies under first-year coach Greg Heiar. 

Benjamin led the Bulldawgs to three straight state 5A championship games. Las Cruces High won the 5A state championship in 2020 and runner-up finishes the past two years. 

This past season, Benjamin averaged 25.3 points, 6.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 steals while helping to lead Bulldawgs to a 31-1 record. 

Benjamin was named MaxPreps’ New Mexico Player of the Year for the second straight year. He was also named Mr. Baskeball by NewMexicoPreps.com and Rivals. 

He was named Gatorade’s New Mexico player of the year in 2021. 

Benjamin follows in the footsteps of his father and high-school coach, William Benjamin, who played his college basketball at NMSU and was recently inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.