UNLV Lands Anthony Bennett

by May 14, 2012

After weeks of speculation, Anthony Bennett, the remaining top ranked unsigned recruit in the class of 2012, announced over the weekend through Twitter that he will be attending UNLV in the fall. The 6-8 forward chose the Rebels over Oregon–after having also considered Kentucky and Florida a few days prior. On Tuesday, Amile Jefferson from Friends Central (PA), the next highly ranked unsigned senior for the 2012 class is expected to make his college announcement. From the Las Vegas Sun: “This offseason, there will be no controlling expectations. UNLV, it appears, is back in full. Anthony Bennett, the No. 7-rated recruit in the country according to Rivals.com, made a verbal commitment Saturday after trimming his list to UNLV and Oregon last weekend. A 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward from Henderson’s Findlay Prep, Bennett fills the Rebels’ most glaring hole at power forward and adds even higher expectations for a team that will likely start the 2012-13 season in the top 20, if not the top 10. “Staying out West & will be going to #UNLV next yr .. Appreciate everyone that supported me through all this,” Bennett tweeted Saturday afternoon. Last weekend he cut Florida and Kentucky from his list of schools. Bennett is the highest-rated prospect to choose UNLV since Larry Johnson and is the second McDonald’s All-American to pick the Rebels in the past six months, joining fellow Canadian and former AAU teammate Khem Birch.”