SAN JOSE, Calif. — Less than 20 minutes after his first college season came to a sudden end, Anthony Bennett wasn’t ready to reveal whether it was also his final college season.
After UNLV lost its first-round NCAA tournament game to Cal, 64-61, on Thursday, Bennett sat in the locker room at the HP Pavilion and said he hadn’t come to any decision about whether he’s going to declare for the NBA Draft.
“I’m still attending UNLV,” Bennett said. “As of right now I still go to UNLV. I’m still going to school, I’ve just got to make a big decision at the end when school’s over.”
Asked about whether his high-draft projections would make it hard to turn down the NBA, Bennett again didn’t bite.
“I don’t know,” he said. “Like I said, I’ve just got to see how everything plays out.”
The freshman forward averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds this season, and his superior athleticism was on display from the moment he stepped on the court. Bennett earned first-team All-Mountain West honors and was named the league’s Freshman of the Year.
If he comes back for his sophomore year, as unlikely as it may be, UNLV would undoubtedly see national expectations soar once again. If Bennett bolts for the draft, freshman Savon Goodman would likely get first crack at the power forward job next year.
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