Canadian Forward Hears From Pitt

Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon in Akron on Thursday to watch Findlay Prep (NV) forward Anthony Bennett. The Panthers are one of the newer schools to jump in the mix.

A native of Canada, 2012 forward Anthony Bennett plays his high school ball at Findlay Prep in Nevada. Initially, he picked up some regional interest, mostly from in-state UNLV at first. In recent months, that interest has spread nationally. Bennett can be classified as a combo forward, and he is the nation's No. 2 power forward, a five-star recruit.

At 6-7, 230, he is the ideal size in a Jamie Dixon system as the small forward or the power forward. He has the ability to be a slashing type of player in that small forward role. He also has the ability to stay strong in the post. Despite only being 6-7—somewhat smaller than the ideal power forward—Pitt has found success with smaller power forwards in recent years; Sam Young and Nasir Robinson as just a couple of examples. Bennett's play would be similar to Young's, specifically with his athleticism and physique.

Bennett has consistently been one of the top performers at a number of high-level camps this summer such as the NBA Camp in June, and the Pangos and EYBL camps in California. Bennett is part of a select group to attend the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio, this week.

He saw an increased interest during the spring. Pitt was one of the new schools that came in. Bennett says that Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon has expressed an interest.

"He's real cool," Bennett said of Dixon. "Me and him, we always make jokes, and stuff like that. I think he said he was coming here to watch me play, and he was going to be at the Peach Jam (in Atlanta next week) too."

As a result of some initial interest on Dixon's part, Bennett plans to start following Pitt a little bit more to get a better idea of their style of play.

"I don't know much about their style of play, but I am trying to watch them more on TV," Bennett added. "I heard that they produce big players, and they're in a big conference. They just go out and play hard every game, and I know that's hard to do—even if they're tired."

Despite playing at a high level on a few national stages this summer, performing at the Skills Academy this week is still another eye-opening experience for Bennett, who continues to see his stock grow.

"We saw LeBron James (Tuesday), and it was real cool," Bennett added. " You don't really get to do that often. When he came in, I was like, ‘Wow, that's LeBron.' That's like who I want to be. I just have to keep working. You're going against the top people in America."

Bennett listed a number of other schools that have expressed interest—in no particular order—a list that includes Florida, UConn, Georgetown, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Xavier, Florida State, UNLV, Washington, Arizona and Kentucky.


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