2006 Focus: Jason Bennett

Jason Bennett has been a household name since he was a 7-footer in eighth grade. Now, entering his junior season, both he and his coach feel his offense has finally begun to take shape.

Jason Bennett went through all of last season not realizing how far away he was offensively.

But now, the 7-foot-2 Arlington Country Day (Fla.) junior big man is able to look back and see his shortcomings.

``I thought I was doing well, but I wasn't," Bennett said. "My offense last year was poor. I've gotten a whole lot better since last year. Last year I couldn't do anything, but now I'm going strong to the basket and shooting much better."

ACD coach Rex Morgan credits much of the improvement to a renewed commitment. Bennett has added about 15 pounds of muscle due to increased work in the weight room.

``He's gotten so much better," Morgan said. "He so much more physical and he can score now. He couldn't score in the post before. Now, when he catches it on the block, one player can't guard him. He's much stronger – the 15 pounds have made a big difference."

Bennett's summer was up and down. He injured his left wrist at the Florida team camp, reinjured it at the Nike All-American camp and then, after he hurt it again at the Peach Jam, he had it looked at and the doctor put him in a cast for a month after determining it was broken.

Bennett took an unofficial visit to Wake Forest about six weeks ago and said that the Demon Deacons, along with Florida State, Arkansas and Florida, are in the mix for his services.

``I still need to take the SAT before I take my official visits," Bennett said.

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