Bennett Unsure About Future Plans


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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  • ph90702

    I doubt Savon Goodman would get first crack at power forward. I think Roscoe Smith will start at power forward next year. However, I think Savon will get consistent minutes and look much improved.

    • Mike Grimala

      Roscoe will definitely be battling for that spot. But I know the coaching staff loves Savon, and I don’t think they see him as a long-term small forward. I think most of his minutes will have to come at PF

      • ph90702

        Next year will definitely be interesting because they figure to have a log jam at power forward. Wood, Smith, and Goodman will be competing for minutes. You think Smith and Wood can play at small forward?

        • Mike Grimala

          Smith yes, Wood no. In this conference, playing small forward means defending the likes of Jamaal Franklin, Tony Snell, and Bryce Dejean-Jones. At 6-foot-11, I just can’t see Wood doing that.

  • RA

    Goodman first crack at the 4? No way!! Rosco is a natural small forward that will be forced to play the 4. With us getting JUCO pg’s DeVille Smith, Jalen Kendrick & Kendall Smith and having Katin and Bryce back, SMith will have to play the 4. Plus we have Morant and Wood coming and Birch back and maybe Lopez. Goodman will no doubt see more time, but will still be limited, due to his size and his shooting.