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Report: UNLV’s Bennett to declare for NBA draft

Mar 25, 2013, 8:42 AM EST

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This isn’t a surprise, in fact it was expected. At least we’re not going to go through the silly “of course I’m coming back… wait, I changed my mind” dance.

UNLV forward Anthony Bennett will go pro next season, reports CBSSports.com.

Sources told CBSSports.com that the 6-foot-8 Canadian forward, who averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season, will make an official announcement sometime in the next week.

The 6’7” forward is a lock for the lottery, both DraftExpress.com and ESPN’s Chad Ford currently have him going No. 5 overall.

Bennett is a beast in the paint, a guy with big physical frame who is very athletic and has thrown down some of the best dunks of the college season. In college, particularly in a smaller conference, Bennett was largely used as a four but at the next level he’s more a three. Which means the handles and outside shot he’s shown flashes of have to become more consistent, polished parts of his game. But he has the ability to get there.

This is a down draft at the top, there are no franchise anchor, Anthony Davis kind of picks at the top. Which makes this a good year for guys like Bennett to come out. Teams are trying to project where a guy is going to be in three years, and with his athleticism teams will be willing to do a risk on Bennett. He will go higher than he might have most years.

  1. money2long - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    he’s addressed as 2 different heights in this piece. i dunno what to believe.

    • davidly - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      He’s really 5’2″. As a matter of fact, none of the players are taller than 5’5″ or so. You can’t tell from the teevee or sitting in the nosebleeds–and the court-siders are sworn to secrecy.

  2. bifford - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Bennett is making a smart play.

  3. amlowlife - Mar 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Bennett needs a lot of work. He is a defensive liability and his lack of hustle is alarming. He’s got potential but he needs a stint in the D-League to realize that he can’t get to The Show–and star–without actually giving a consistent effort.

  4. lucifershuttlesworth - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Lots of talent coming out of Canada including Bennet, Kelly Olynyk and future number 1 pick Andrew Wiggins. Hope they will all play for the national team and get that heading in the right direction. Being ranked 26th in the world is an embarassment.

  5. joj0420 - Mar 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    so is he 6’7 or 6’8?

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