If you've ever tried to reach Carrio Bennett and gotten his voicemail then you know the senior standout from Berea High School says that he's busy working on his hoops game. That's definitely true as Bennett has looked the part of South Carolina's version of Allen Iverson when it comes to knocking down buckets on the basketball court. At 6'1 160 pounds Bennett physically reminds you of the NBA All-Star Iverson but Bennett is doing what he can to help his Berea Bulldogs team come away with as many victories as possible. Along the way though he's impressed a number of fans in the audiences who've watched him along with a number of college coaches.
"I'm hearing from Furman, High Point, Eastern Carolina, Western Carolina, and I just sent some film to Toledo. I've got offers from Furman and High Point already and they're the schools recruiting me the hardest right now." Asked what factors will be most important to him in making a college decision Bennett replied, "I'm looking for a good education first. I want to be able to graduate and be able to find a good job if I'm not able to continue my basketball career on a professional level. I just want to be somewhere that they'll help me with my future."
Bennett while leading the upstate in scoring has taken his game to another level this season. "I've had some good games this year. I had a 47 point game against Oak Ridge High School in Tennessee. I had a good one last Friday night too against Woodmont. I had 24 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds." That being said don't be one to categorize Bennett as strictly a scorer. He's more than capable of doing all of the little things that are the marks of great basketball players.
"I average about 28 points per game but I don't know about the other stats too much. My coach will go back and watch video of our games to add up our rebounds and assists numbers."
While Bennett is a natural scorer his future on the collegiate level may require him to move to the point guard position. The senior standout realizes that change may come and says that, "I have been trying to work on my ballhandling. I need to get stronger too."
Asked to give a self analysis of the strengths of his game and being one of the state's scoring leaders most would assume the first words mentioned would be related to the offensive side of the ball. Nope. Bennett says, "My defense is the strongest part of my game. I mean I can shoot the ball really well don't get me wrong but I love to play defense (emphatically)!" College coaches are sure to love that statement from Bennett as so many high school seniors can score but few come in prepared to play defense at the high level college basketball requires.
The Berea High School senior says that he will probably make a late decision to try and earn more looks from college coaches to increase his options if possible. He also didn't rule out prep school should he not get the offers he'd like or if opening the eyes of more colleges is possible taking that route.
Last year Carrio played AAU ball with the South Carolina Celtics for half of the season before finishing up with the Carolina Tar Heels. "I went to most of my tournaments with the Celtics though. We went out to Houston to the Kingwood Classic."
Up Close & Personal With...Carrio Bennett
To play one on one with anybody in the world: "It'd probably have to be against Lebron James"
Three on three with anybody in the world, who are your teammates: My cousin Paul White and Laron Dendy.
Players you pattern your game after: Lebron James and my dad, John Bennett.
Carrio goes up for a dunk versus the Carolina Trojans earlier this season.