The Development of DJB

Indian Hills center D.J. Bennett (6-9, 215) is excited about a future visit to Arkansas, but still has work to do at the National Junior College Basketball Tournament as the Warriors try to fight through the consolation bracket to finish third.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - At the end of his team's play at the National Junior College Basketball Tournament this week, Indian Hills center D.J. Bennett will sit down and decide just where he is going to take his official visits.

But one thing is for certain – Bennett (6-9, 215) is definitely planning on visiting Arkansas.

"I am really looking forward to taking my trip to Arkansas," Bennett said. "I am grateful that they are recruiting me and they are definitely my top school right now.

"After the season, I am going to get out there for a visit," Bennett added. "They have a great program and the fact that they play the same style we do is definitely something that I am looking at and in their favor."

Arkansas – which is also recruiting his freshman teammate Jameel McKay (6-8, 210) - joins Oklahoma, Tennessee, Charlotte and Wichita State as the main schools on Bennett's list.

The Chicago area native has caught the Razorbacks on TV and is enamored with the coaches, the fans and atmosphere.

"I know the (Arkansas) coaches can help work with me to make my game better," Bennett said. "They are great guys and great coaches. Also they play on ESPN and I can see it's crazy in there with the fans. Being a part of that would be very exciting."

Bennett had been averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks in his previous seven games before having just 5 points and 5 rebounds in his team's 81-69 loss to Monroe (NY) College on Tuesday afternoon.

"He did not have a great day today and had some shots roll out on him, but he is one of the biggest reasons that we made it here," Indian Hills head coach Barrett Peery said. "He has come so far this year and his best basketball is ahead of him."

Indian Hills (30-4) will play Eastern Mississippi Wednesday afternoon in a 3 p.m. game.

Bennett, one of only two returnees this season for Indian Hills, is averaging 7 points and 5 rebounds over the season.

He is shooting 72 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free throw line.

"I think my best aspect is finishing around the basket," Bennett said. "I like to flash to the goal and I like to throw it down with as much authority as I can. I have been working on my jump shot and it is coming around."





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