I assume its a fine line on a team loaded with two McDinalds AA's and about 4 other college bound kids for the coach to just tell one of his seniors in Ben's first game "this kid is waaay better than you." Plus the older guys know the system.
Ben did make a turnover & a foul. The coach sat him for the last 3 mins of regulation . When it went into OT, Ben was back on the court and helped put the game away. Ben didnt start or end regulation, but got the same amount of playing time a starter wouldve. He'll eventually start and stay there for good. The coach ain't dumb, just diplomatic.