University of Washington
One-year letterman who gained valuable experience his freshman campaign by playing in 18 games, including a pair of starts ... Sensational rebounder who should greatly help the Huskies in that problem area ... Signed a Washington letter-of-intent on Nov. 11, 1998 ... Also recruited by Stanford and Oregon State.
1999-2000 (Freshman)--Played 18 games including starts against California and Arizona ... Blocked two shots in only five minutes in a victory over Wichita State (Dec. 17).
Benson Tech High School
A second-team selection in the Fab 15 published by the Orange County Register, receiving the 28th-most votes among West Coast prep standouts ... Averaged 13.9 points and 8 rebounds per game his senior season ... Labeled by The Oregonian newspaper as the "Best offensive rebounder in the state" ... Team won the 1999 Portland Interscholastic League championship and was ranked No. 1 in the state for one month during his senior year ... The Techmen finished third at the 1999 Oregon State tournament, suffering a 66-62 semifinal loss to eventual champion Jesuit which featured Michael Dunleavy ... Don Emry-coached Benson teams qualfied for the state tournament each of Coffee's final three seasons ... Averaged 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during his junior season of 1998, helping Benson to a 26-2 record and a second-place state finish. The Techmen lost the Oregon state championship game to Beaverton ... Shot 55 percent from the field and hit 72-percent of his free throws as a junior ... Prep teammates Craig Lewis and Boomer Brazzle are currently playing at Pepperdine while Terrance Green is at Nevada Reno.
Coach Bender on Coffee
"We've talked to him about aggressiveness. He was very tentative at times and that is not a part of his game that will let him do what he is capable of. He is a very, very good athlete, the kind of athlete you have to have in the Pac-10 to compete. His tentativeness many times didn't allow him to show that. What we've urged him to do is to come back with the attitude to compete every day and not worry about mistakes. He knows the system now; he doesn't have to worry about thinking so much. He just needs to be very aggressive and attack with that mindset. His tentativeness came from trying to pre-determine what he's supposed to do instead of reacting and letting it come instinctually. We have a very versatile player in Ben Coffee. He gives us a guy who fluctuates between being able to guard bigger and smaller players. At the same time he gives us a big threat from the perimeter with his ability to see over the tops of defenses which have in the past caused us problems."
Coffee's Washington Statistics
YEAR GP/GS FG-A PCT 3PT-A PCT FT-A PCT REB-AVG PTS-AVG AST TO BLK ST MIN 2000 18/2 3-16 .188 1-9 .111 0-0 .000 6-0.3 7-0.4 3 7 3 1 83