Hamden Hall senior Jackson Benigni has committed to play basketball at Division II Stonehill College next fall.
Benigni made his decision over the weekend. He chose the Northeast-10 Conference school over other Division II schools Florida Southern, Southern Connecticut State, NYIT, St. Michaels and Pace.
“I can’t be happier with the place I’m at. The next four years will be some of the best years of my life,” said Jackson, 18, who lives in East Hampton. “It’s far enough from home but not too far. It’s the perfect combination I was looking for in a school.”
Benigni said he did receive some interest from Division I schools, but no scholarship offers like he received from Stonehill and the other Division II programs.
“A lot of them like Army, Navy and Dartmouth, wanted to come see me play (during the season), but I didn’t want to wait,” Benigni said. “Stonehill felt like the perfect place for me both academically and athletically.”
Benigni, a 6-foot guard, averaged a team-leading 21 points, along with five rebounds and three assists per game for Hamden Hall, helping lead the Hornets to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class B championship this past season. He earned Register Area MVP honors for his efforts.
Benigni has scored over 1,700 career points — which included three seasons at Xavier. He reclassified as a junior when he transferred to Hamden Hall in the summer of 2018.
Benigni said he is considering majoring in either finance or education. He personally wanted to thank three coaches — Hamden Hall coach Sean Doherty, Xavier coach Mike Kohs and former New Britain coach Stan Glowiak, who has helped work out Benigni as a trainer for several years.
“I’m ready to get back in the gym and get ready for the season and the next four years at Stonehill,” Benigni said.