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NBA Comparison: Rodney Rogers/Jason Maxiell
Strengths: Bennett has expanded his game offensively and become almost unguardable during his first season of college ball … Bennett’s transition to the college game has been seamless … What grabs your attention about Bennett is his focus and intensity … Imposing physical specimen. Huge hands, wide shoulders and an enormous wingspan gives him great ability to dunk the ball with power … He’s very athletic, long, quick & fast. With a 7’1 wingspan & impressive inch vertical he poses nightmare problems in terms of mismatches … Able to overpower smaller defenders & bigger defenders get "outquicked" and often dunked on … Bennett is best at the power game in the paint, where at least 70 % of his scoring total comes from … When charting his shots on the season he has literally scored from every power spot on the floor … He favors the right side of the floor consisting of floaters, tip ins, reverse layups & dunks 60% of the time. Bennett’s 42 dunks put him among the country’s leaders. Bennett has made 23 3 pointers this season and averages 1 make per game. Bennett’s sweet spot is the left perimeter where he’s made 40% of his 3 pointers. His go to midrange move is his face up jumper from the right baseline … Two words that bode well for Bennett’s future are productivity and efficiency … He is so efficient that if he played 40 minutes per game he would average 26.2 points per game … He has the innate ability to create spacing which helps him to score whether it’s freezing a defender with a jab step or flaring off of a screen to catch & shoot or flat out blowing by a defender for a power dunk … Bennett continually shows his versatility which raises his intrigue … Bennett’s footwork is excellent, especially for someone of his size. Along with his footwork, Bennett’s shooting mechanics are very good. His form never changes on his shot. His shoulders are always squared and facing the basket. His release point is the same & even his misses look good … Bennett is extremely adept at drawing fouls and goes to the stripe an average of 6 times per game, knocking down 75% of his free throws … Bennett is an adept ball handler and has gone coast to coast 4 times this season. He maintains a low dribble and is rarely caught upright. Based upon playing 40 minutes, he averages only 2 turnovers. As stated earlier, with his tremendous skill set & ability to draw fouls he commands a great deal of attention defensively …
Weaknesses: Somewhat of a tweener as he is slightly undersized for a full time PF (though that’s likely his future position) and slow defensively to play the SF position … The major concern for Bennett going into this season was his health. His prep career was marred with injuries as he was not able to finish out either his junior or senior seasons. On the positive side he hasn’t had any such problems in college having not missed a single practice much less game … There are some questions about his toughness. He’s got a massive frame with incredible strength, but for as big and strong as he is, it doesn’t always appear that he seeks out contact, or play with ferocity on the boards … While averaging a team high 8 rebounds a game, at times he appears disinterested defensively. In Bennett’s defense he spent the beginning of the season defending the opposition’s Center until teammate Khem Birch became eligible, but defending is also about desire.
Notes: Measured 6’7 (in shoes) 242 lbs, with a 7’1 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy … Knocked down a clutch three pointer late to lift the International team to victory in the 2012 Hoop Summit … Has been as productive as any freshman in the country causing some to wonder if he could go #1 overall in a weak draft … At 6’7 & 240 lbs he could be a Defensive End for the Runnin Rebels football team … His fast college ascent is partially attributable to the 11th & 12th grade years which were well spent at Findlay Prep … In addition, Bennett spent those summers playing AAU for CIA Bounce & Team Canada in International Competitions …