Anthony Bennett: Why High School Prospect Should Choose UNLV over Oregon

Kevin Van PeltCorrespondent IMay 7, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 28: Anthony Bennett #22 of the West team sets to shoot during the 2012 McDonald's All American Game at United Center on March 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Anthony Bennett's commitment to a college is down to two teams, UNLV and Oregon. If he was smart, Bennett would choose UNLV.

Recently, the 6'7" forward made a couple of surprising moves taking away the Florida Gators and Kentucky Wildcats from his list of choices. This may come as a surprise to people; however, Bennett would have less of an immediate impact on those teams due to the forwards Kentucky and Florida already have.

UNLV needs Bennett on their team and it will give him the immediate impact that he is looking for. The Runnin' Rebels are a fast-paced team that likes to run the floor and score in transition. This is a perfect fit for Bennett and his athleticism.

Bennett can also benefit from UNLV in the half-court game. His strength makes him an excellent player driving to the lane or posting up on the block. Plays should be designed for him and give him a great opportunity to show off all of his skills.

Another reason for Bennett to choose UNLV is that it is close to home. Sometimes we forget that these college basketball players are still kids and if they have an option to stay close to home they are most likely going to take it. UNLV is about 10 miles away from where he played his high school basketball at Findlay Prep.

A player's mental state, especially in college, is very important when it comes to their play and Bennett staying close to home can't hurt his mental state.

As for Oregon, they could really use Bennett as they had trouble scoring at times last season and needed more playmakers. The Ducks also ranked 183rd in rebounding and didn't have a great front court.

Bennett would make a good fit at Oregon too, but the team does not have enough players as of now to be a legit contender. UNLV can contend with Bennett as one of its star players. Expect Bennett to make the right decision and choose UNLV as his college.