According to a report from CBSSports‘ Jeff Goodman, UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett will declare for the 2013 NBA Draft.
Goodman cites sources that say that Bennett is expected to make an official announcement within the next week or so.
The decision from Bennett should certainly come as no surprise to anyone who has seen his production in his first and only season at UNLV. A bruising forward, Bennett has great size and talent and is surely ready for the NBA level. According to numerous NBA Draft websites, Bennett is a sure-fired top ten pick and will likely even be taken in the top five this upcoming June.
Bennett’s short-lived career for the Runnin’ Rebels came to a disappointing close on Friday night when No. 5 UNLV was upset by 12th-seeded California. On the season, Bennett averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds. He burst onto the scene in Las Vegas, so his success at the next level can certainly be contributed to the fact that he was an instant impact player within the collegiate ranks.
Bennett received scholarship offers and attention from a number of the top programs in the country coming out of high school, but the Canadian-native decided to stay local after finishing up his high school career at Findlay Prep (NV).
Bennett was certainly the biggest recruit that UNLV head coach Dave Rice has landed in his career and although the forward’s career only lasted the one, his impact was certainly felt.
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