GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- University of North Dakota head men's basketball coach Brian Jones announced the addition of guard Bentiu (Ben-too) Panoam (Puh-nome) to his program on Thursday. An Anchoarage, Alaska native, Panoam graduated from Bartlett High School in 2016 and spent one season in the prep school ranks at Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas before moving onto the junior college ranks for the 2017-18 season.
"We are thrilled about the addition of Bentiu," Jones said. "You only need to spend five minutes with him to realize that he is a winner and does winning things in all aspects of his life.
"He has a big upside in the game of basketball because of the habits he displays on a daily basis. He will bring a strong voice, competitive nature and leadership qualities to our locker room. His speed, athleticism and ability to play our style of basketball make him a natural fit for our program."
During his time at Bartlett, Panoam, who checks in at 6-foot-2 and 160 pounds, earned Class 4A All-State honors as a junior (second team) and senior (first team). As a senior, he was also named to the American Family Insurance All-USA Alaska Boys Basketball Team and the Cook Inlet Conference Player of the Year after averaging 20.7 ppg to go with 6.4 rpg and 4.2 apg.
In his only season at Northwest Kansas Tech, Panoam averaged 10.7 ppg and 3.7 apg in 29 starts, while shooting 46.2 percent from beyond the arc. He saved his best scoring game of the season for his finale, dropping 25 against Independence Community College College.
Panoam will have three seasons of eligiblity to play for the Fighting Hawks beginning this fall.
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