Anthony Bennett (basketball)

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Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett by Jeremy Rincon.jpg
No. 15 – Cleveland Cavaliers
PositionForward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1993-03-14) March 14, 1993 (age 20)
Toronto, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
Listed height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Listed weight259 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High schoolHarold M. Brathwaite
(Brampton, Ontario)
Findlay Prep
(Henderson, Nevada)
CollegeUNLV (2012–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–presentCleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards
 
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Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett by Jeremy Rincon.jpg
No. 15 – Cleveland Cavaliers
PositionForward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1993-03-14) March 14, 1993 (age 20)
Toronto, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
Listed height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Listed weight259 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High schoolHarold M. Brathwaite
(Brampton, Ontario)
Findlay Prep
(Henderson, Nevada)
CollegeUNLV (2012–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–presentCleveland Cavaliers
Career highlights and awards

Anthony Harris Bennett (born March 14, 1993) is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. He played college basketball at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He was the number one overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first Canadian and first freshman from UNLV to be drafted number one overall.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Bennett was raised in the city's Jane and Finch neighbourhood.[2] At age ten, he moved to nearby Brampton, Ontario.[3] He is the son of Edith Bennett, a nurse who is originally from Jamaica, and Delroy Harris. Bennett has an older sister, Danielle, and an older brother, Sheldon. Edith Bennett raised her family as a single mother, working two jobs, at a hospital and a mental health facility.[4][5][6] As a teenager in Jamaica, his mother ran track and field and played netball.[6]

High school career[edit]

Bennett attended Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School in Brampton. At age 16, he relocated to Beckley, West Virginia to play basketball for Mountain State Academy,[5] and after the school closed a year later, he moved to Henderson, Nevada to play for the basketball preparatory academy Findlay Prep.[3] He was the #1 forward and the #7 player overall in the high school class of 2012 according to ESPNU 100,[7] the #7 player by Scout.com,[8] and the overall #12 player by Rivals.com.[9]

College recruitment[edit]

NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeightCommit date
Anthony Bennett
SF/PF
Brampton, OntarioFindlay Prep6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)230 lb (100 kg)May 12, 2012 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 (PF); 12 (school)   Rivals: 1 (PF); 7 (national); 30 (school)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

While initially receiving mutual interest from many teams, Bennett narrowed down his college choices to the University of Oregon and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He committed to UNLV under head coach Dave Rice on May 12, 2012.

College career[edit]

During the 2012–13 UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball season, Bennett played 35 games, mostly starting at the power forward position, he would occasionally play at the small forward position. He averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds a game despite only averaging 27.1 minutes a game. He shot 53.3% from the field overall and 37.5% from 3-point range. He was extremely efficient in college, averaging a PER of 28.3.[10] Halfway through the season, Bennett was plagued with a shoulder injury. His minutes were cut to allow him to rest and he even did not start a few games. After making it to the NCAA tournament, UNLV lost in the second round to UC Berkeley. After the end of the season Bennett declared himself for the NBA draft after being convinced to do so by teammates. During the off-season, he underwent shoulder surgery.

College statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2012–13UNLV353127.1.533.375.7018.11.00.71.216.1
Career353127.1.533.375.7018.11.00.71.216.1

NBA career[edit]

2013 NBA Draft[edit]

Bennett was one of ten players invited to the green room for the 2013 NBA Draft, meaning he was expected to be selected as a top lottery pick. He was picked number one overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers making him the first Canadian to be drafted number one overall in the NBA.[11] His selection was met with great surprise by analysts since very few people thought he would be selected as the first pick in the draft. He has been compared to Larry Johnson, a former UNLV great and number one overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft.[12]

2013–14 season[edit]

Bennett has started his rookie season in very poor form, being ranked as one of the worst first overall picks in recent memory.[13] In 31 games, he has averaged 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game.[14]

International career[edit]

Bennett participated in the 2009 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship and 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship, helping Canada win a bronze medal in each tournament.[6] In the 2010 tournament, he was a teammate of Andrew Wiggins, the top rated prospect for the 2014 NBA Draft.[15]

Awards and honors[edit]

College[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anthony Bennett Goes No. 1 In 2013 NBA Draft To Cleveland Cavaliers". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Anthony Bennett: Canadian star's character helped get him drafted No. 1". Toronto Star. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Canadian Anthony Bennett welcomed by Cavaliers". CBC.ca. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  4. ^ "Anthony Bennett." www.unlvrebels.com. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Sherman, Mitch. "Anthony Bennett owes a lot to mom." www.espn.go.com, March 27, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "NBA Draft 2013: Anthony Bennett leads the Canadian invasion". SBNation.com. 2012-06-28. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  7. ^ "2012 College Basketball Recruiting Rankings - ESPNU 100". espn.go.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  8. ^ "Scout.com College Basketball Team Recruiting Prospects". Scouthoops.scout.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  9. ^ "The Rivals150 2012 Prospect Rankings". Rivalshoops.rivals.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Anthony Bennett College Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Cleveland Cavaliers take Anthony Bennett with No. 1 overall pick in 2013 NBA Draft". Yahoo. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Anthony Bennett hoping to make history at NBA draft". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ Ford: Anthony Bennett Looking Like Worst No. 1 Overall Pick In 20 Years
  14. ^ Anthony Bennett NBA & ABA Stats
  15. ^ "Andrew Wiggins". Canada Basketball. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 

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