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UNLV, Oregon last two for Bennett

5/7/2012

There are two remaining programs for ESPN 100 PF Anthony Bennett (Brampton, Ont./Findlay Prep), the top remaining prospect in America.

Last week when the Florida Gators and Bennett severed ties, the writing was on the wall as we foresaw the elimination of another program: Kentucky. On Monday, word spread that Kentucky was no longer an option.

The recent shifts leave UNLV and Oregon chasing Bennett. What’s the next move? Well, it’s not written in stone as to who winds up with the commitment. If I’m Oregon, I’d wonder if the Ducks could land Bennett without the benefit of an official visit. Bennett visited the school unofficially, while he was in the state playing in the Hoop Summit in April, however, no program has hosted him on an official visit.

On the other hand, UNLV is the defacto hometown school for the Canadian. Bennett plays high school ball for powerhouse Findlay Prep, which is mere miles from UNLV’s campus. Another Canadian, center Khem Birch, transferred to UNLV from Pittsburgh during the season.

Both Oregon and UNLV have former Findlay Prep players on their roster but from what we can gather, playing with a Findlay alum is of little concern here anyway.

Is Bennett a lock for the Runnin’ Rebels? No, however, they do have distance, familiarity and a countryman working for them, not to mention that Bennett has shuffled over to see them unofficially as needed since his arrival at Findlay Prep nearly two years ago.