Bennett On The Rise

No player saw his stock rise more at the 2011 Pangos All-American Camp than Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep forward Anthony Bennett.

No player saw his stock rise more at the 2011 Pangos All-American Camp than Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep forward Anthony Bennett.

The 6-foot-8, 230-pounder was dominant, showcasing his offensive arsenal.

"One of Pangos' MVP's, Bennett was in attack mode throughout the camp," said's Evan Daniels. "He was a threat to either hit the three or drive past his man and throw down on whoever stood in his way in the paint.

"Bennett has a rare combination of size, athleticism and shooting ability, and no one at Pangos showed much of an ability to slow him down."

Bennett's performance didn't surprise CIA Bounce head coach Mike George, his AAU coach.

"He's been outstanding," George said of Bennett. "He's finally back to being healthy and now he's one of the best players out there. He does a lot of things at that size that is really special.

"Anthony is athletic, and he has great hands. He has a 7'2 wingspan and can shoot from anywhere on the floor."

George joked that he should list the schools who haven't offered Bennett a scholarship when asked who he held offers from.

"Almost everybody," he said, laughing. "UCONN, Texas, Florida, Marquette, North Carolina has called but haven't offered yet, Kentucky, Baylor, Missouri, Virginia Tech, NC State, Virginia, Boston College, Florida State, Iowa... he has a bunch of them.

As it stands now, George believes there are no leaders for Bennett.

"He's wide open," said George. "Anthony is going to observe and watch who really recruits him during the summer. He wants to see who expresses a great level of interest in him... that will show him who wants him the most and I believe dictate a lot of things."

NC State is one of those programs expected to pursue Bennett.

"I know NC State is on him very hard," said George. "They've offered and are in there, but he's wide open at this point and is in no rush to make a decision.

"He's really just zoning in on improving as a player. Anthony wants to show he is one of the top five kids in that class and is not thinking about recruiting... just playing basketball."

George feels that Bennett will look to narrow his list at the end of the AAU circuit and could make a decision in the fall or spring.

"When the summer is done he'll look at narrowing his list down and visiting the remaining schools in the fall," said George. "Anthony is going to hold out and focus in on basketball... not get caught up with all the recruiting stuff."

Bennett is currently rated a four-star prospect and the No. 66 player in the country by

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