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STATUS QUO ON RECRUITING FRONT FOR ANTHONY BENNETT
There is still some very impressive high-end talent in the Class of 2012 that has yet to make their college choices. One such talent is Canadian-born power forward Anthony Bennett who is holding steady with a list of nine schools he is considering signing with in the spring. The 6-foot-8, 235-lb standout with Findlay Prep and the CIA Bounce AAU program out of Canada recently took advantage of being in Kentucky to visit one of the schools on his list.
“The trip to Kentucky was fun,” Bennett said of an unofficial visit to get a look at John Calipari’s program, “coaches were cool, and the fans are crazy. But as of right now every school is the same, I have no favorites.”
In addition to Kentucky, Bennett continues to consider UNLV, Florida, Washington, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Connecticut and Oregon. Everyone is still putting forth the effort to recruit Bennett and add the big prize to finish their 2012 recruiting classes this spring.
“All [the] schools in my top nine are all calling me, but right now I’m just answering a few calls [and] just trying to stay focused in school,” said Bennett of how his recruitment is going. “Like I said before [I have] no favorites. I feel like all the schools are putting a lot of time and effort trying to recruit me to come to their school.”
Bennett took the opportunity to visit Kentucky while his Findlay Prep team was participating in hge Kentucky Preseason Showcase at Rupp Arena over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. At this point Bennett is still thinking things over for future visits, including what schools he will take official visits to.
“As of right now I’m not sure what other schools I will visit unofficially and I’m still thinking about what schools I’m going to take officials to,” he said.
The powerful Findlay Prep squad eased past Christian Faith Center of North Carolina in their most recent contest, 112-79, to move to 5-0 on the season. The Pilots are averaging 105 points a contest and Bennett has high hopes for his senior season, personally and for his team.
“Hopefully go undefeated and win the ESPN Rise Tournament in April,” Bennett said of his goal for his team. That will be a tall order with a national schedule that includes games and events he is looking forward to coming up against Flower Mount Marcus of Texas this weekend and contests with Chicago-Simeon in the Hoophall Classic in January and Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas shortly thereafter. Bennett also has his eye on some personal acomplishments.
“As for myself, make McDonalds All-American, Jordan Brand Classic, and average a double-double,” he said.
Bennett is an imposing force on the basketball court. He violently attacks the rim with strong finishes and his athletic ability is impressive for a player his size and strength. He has also shown the ability to hit from three-point range and his potential almost seems limitless at the power forward position at the college level. He continues to improve his skill level making him an even more dangerous offensive player.
The is no doubt Anthony Bennett will be a recrutiing saga closely watched in the spring. The native of Brampton, Ontario seems more than willing to wait out the process and see what opportunity fits him best in the spring. In the meantime, nine schools and their fans will be wondering what-if for next season if their program is lucky enough to land this multi-talented, elite prospect. NBE will closely monitor his story throughout the season and into the spring as we follow the Findlay Prep Pilots and their quest for an undefeated season.
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