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Class of 2017: Striving for the big league

Marketing major and shortstop Brandon Benson of Loganville, Georgia, (No. 24) was recently awarded the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Player of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association—not once, but for two consecutive weeks.

“It’s nice to get recognition, but our team’s goal is to make it to the World Series,” he said of Georgia College’s team, which is 22nd in the nation. “We’re still trying to do that. Hopefully, we’ll get there.” 

Brandon Benson, '17

Benson started playing baseball when he was four-years-old. With encouraging words from his parents, Benson was determined to succeed.

“Baseball helped me become more well-rounded and taught me time management and leadership skills,” he said. “I developed my leadership skills in the last two years when the team picked up the freshmen players. As position players, we helped them out. We also help to slow down the game for the pitchers.”

Benson’s parents set an example of a good work ethic.

“My parents inspire me,” he said. “They have always told me to work hard at everything I do, and that includes baseball.”

Off the field, Benson’s education helped broaden his understanding of the business world. 

“My favorite class was surprisingly Legal Environment of Business that I took my junior year,” he said. “We looked at some really interesting cases that got me interested in how laws were created and altered throughout history.”
For his future plans, Benson hopes to get picked up by a baseball organization. He has been speaking with a few scouts, but if that doesn’t work out, he knows his experience in the classroom prepped him for a solid career.

“Hopefully, after I graduate, I can still play baseball,” he said. “I would like to play for a professional team. That’s option A. Option B is to start my career in sales for an athletic company. If that doesn’t work out, I would look into following into my dad’s footsteps as a pharmaceutical sales rep.”

Aiming for the fences in whatever his future holds, he is hoping for the opportunity to keep playing the sport he’s been dedicated to since he was a kid.

“I just want to continue playing the game I love,” he said.


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