2012 Intro: Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett, a native of Canada, drew Scout.com's eye over the summer. An athletic forward, Bennett is a guy that is already receiving high major interest.

Anthony Bennett, a 6-foot-6 combo forward, first popped up at the Kentucky Hoopfest in mid-July. After an impressive effort, we sought him out in late July and were intrigued by his athleticism.

Six months later playing with Beckley (W.V.) Mountain State Academy, Bennett continues to impress onlookers. At the Central Bank Shootout this past weekend, Bennett put up a strong effort against Quality Education Academy.

"He played tough, real tough." Mountain State coach Rodney Crawford said following their game against Quality. "This kind of game was his kind of a game and the best kind of game for him."

"I think I played great," Bennett added. "Defensively I had a couple of steals. I rebounded and I got some points when we needed them."

Known for his high level athleticism, Bennett showed he was more than just an athlete. His jump shot looked improved, as he was more confident shooting the long ball. He was also quite aggressive around the basket searching for rebounds.

"He's getting better," Crawford said. "The athleticism is there. He just needs to fine tune his game."

College programs are starting to get in the mix. According to Crawford and Bennett, Connecticut, UNLV, Ohio State, Florida, Duke, Cincinnati,West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Virginia have all made contact.

"Everybody is calling," Crawford told Scout.com. "Nobody is saying I want him now, but there are a lot of people recruiting him."

"It's intense," Bennett, a native of Canada, said of his recruitment. "There's a lot of schools coming at me."

Both Bennett and Crawford were quick to say it's early in his recruitment. According to Crawford, his sophomore prospect hasn't picked up his first offer, but it could come soon.

"There aren't any legitimate offers to my knowledge, but he may have some before the season is over."

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