Ben Strong '08 Helps Iowa Energy to D-League Playoffs

Ben Strong (photo by D. Roback, Springfield Republican)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Guilford College alumnus Ben Strong '08 and his Iowa Energy open the National Basketball Association Developmental League playoffs April 11.

Strong, a 6-11 center, played in 48 of Iowa's regular-season games with 21 starts. He averaged 8.0 points on 55 percent field goal shooting, plus 5.1 rebounds and a team-high 1.58 blocks per game. Strong totaled 18 games with 10 or more points, including nine since March 1 as Iowa claimed the league's eighth and final playoff spot.

Iowa, the defending D-League champions, begin a three-game series with the top-seeded Los Angeles D-Fenders April 11 at the Wells Fargo Arena before the series shifts to Los Angeles for the remaining games.

Strong played professionally in Israel and the Netherlands before joining the Energy in 2011. The Chapel Hill, N.C., resident concluded a brilliant college career with Guilford in 2008 by averaging 25.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game en route to First Team All-America honors. In 2006-07, Strong was named the NCAA Division III Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and D3hoops.com. Guilford's second all-time leading scorer (2,241 points), he led coach Tom Palombo's Quakers to a 48-10 record, the 2008 ODAC title and two NCAA playoff appearances in his final two campaigns.