March 8, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks head coach Dana Altman during the second half of the game against the Colorado Buffaloes in the quarter finals of the 2012 Pac 12 Tournament at the Staples Center. Colorado Buffaloes won 63-62. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Anthony Bennett Recruiting Update


Five-star recruit Anthony Bennett is the best power forward in the nation and the seventh best recruit overall. Arguably the best recruit in the state of Nevada, Bennett has offers from the Oregon Ducks, UConn, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio State, Washington, Pittsburgh, UNLV, Cincinnati (almost certainly going to come up empty), and West Virginia. So far, Florida, Kentucky, and UNLV have the best chance at adding Anthony Bennett, with Oregon and Washington also two of the five teams with the best chance.

Anthony Bennett has insane athleticism and a great motor to go with it, and he can even shoot well. This is a guy who has the power to excel, but he also has finesse and grace to go with some uncanny 3-point shooting that you just don’t see from bigs who are 6’8″ and weigh 230 pounds. This guy can rebound and slash-and-dunk with the best of him, so he is definitely a dual threat big man who is a nightmare for all. Anthony Bennett has the almost impossible ability to kill opponents on the outside and inside, but everybody agrees that he is better on the inside and can break apart a team easily with his slashing play.

Although Bennett is a little undersized for a post player, he more than makes up for it with some great strength and top rebounding. This is a guy with don’t-blink explosiveness and the strength to crash the boards with ease. He needs to change some things on offense, because his lack of height will be exploited at the college level. Although Anthony Bennett is lacking in size, this guy can be the next DeJuan Blair, in some respects, and absolutely thrive. Bennett excels above the rim and is as explosive as it gets.

The problem is that Anthony Bennett needs to trade some of his three’s for better inside moves and more dunks. This guy can throw it down with the best of him, but his shooting will have to be a luxury kind of thing to keep opponents honest and stretch the floor. I mean, who doesn’t respect a power forward who can shoot?

Here is some tape on Anthony Bennett. Be impressed.

Bennett is teammates with Ducks star point guard commit Dominic Artis and will visit the school now that his season is over. His top three consists of Kentucky, UNLV, and Florida, but the Huskies and Ducks are teams that he is seriously considering in the top five. Look for him to make his decision relatively soon, especially now that his season is over. Anthony Bennett is physical, a great rebounder, and can run the court well. He needs to work on his defense and refine his inside game, but he has the upside to be a special player and a future All-Conference selection at least. Seriously, this guy would be a huge addition for any team, especially the Ducks. You can watch him as the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland on the 7th of April; you won’t be disappointed.

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