Anthony Bennett: Prep Star Should Listen to Jimmy Kimmel and Attend UNLV

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2012

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  TV host Jimmy Kimmel attends the Kobe Bryant hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater on February 19, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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It's all fun and games in college basketball recruiting until Jimmy Kimmel gets involved.

Then it gets real.

Kimmel, who attended UNLV, recently tweeted his hope that the Findlay Prep star would suit up for the Runnin' Rebels (h/t to The Big Lead):

UNLV needs you Anthony! @Salsaa_Stylez @ABennett24 @UNLVRebellion @Salsaa_Stylez @ABennett24 @UNLVRebellion

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 8, 2012

Bennett is currently deciding between UNLV and Oregon, and as I noted yesterday, choosing the Runnin' Rebels made more sense on a number of levels.

With Bennett in town, UNLV would be one of the better teams in the country and could advance past the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1991.

On the other hand, Oregon will struggle to gain a tourney berth one way or another.

There are other reasons to choose UNLV, of course. Going to college in Las Vegas, for one. Plus, he could team up with fellow Canadian and University of Pittsburgh transfer Khem Birch, who has been trying to convince Bennett to choose UNLV.

And all of those reasons are fine and dandy, but when you add Kimmel to the mix, well, that takes it to the next level.

If I were Bennett, I'd tweet back at Kimmel and tell him that if I did end up choosing UNLV, he'd have to bring me on the show to talk some UNLV basketball.

How's that for a recruiting edge?

Whatever Bennett ends up doing, I'm sure he has found it pretty entertaining getting a shout-out from Jimmy Kimmel. If nothing else, it's a memory.


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