The much anticipated college choice for Anthony Bennett is in.
Bennett, the highest rated unsigned senior, committed to UNLV and Dave Rice, Saturday afternoon.
“I decided to go to UNLV,” Bennett told Scout.com. “The reason why I picked it is because I’ve been here for two years already. Everyone out here supports me. My mom came out here for my graduation and she really enjoyed it.”
Last week the 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward took an unofficial visit to UNLV. Shortly after the visit, Bennett eliminated Florida and Kentucky from his list, leaving just UNLV and Oregon.
“They were really talking to me and my mom,” Bennett said of UNLV. “They said if I come here they want me to be a leader and score 15 points a game and just try to be a key player on the team. I thought that would be a good fit for me.”
UNLV’s new coaching staff also stuck out to Bennett. Their style of play fit what he was looking for.
“Last year with coach Kruger he was real cool, but I didn’t like the style of play that much,” he said. “Then the new coaches came in and they showed that they can play fast and score a lot of points and that’s what I like.”
Bennett joins a strong class that consists of four-star prospect Katin Reinhardt and three-star prospects Demetris Morant and Daquan Cook. With Bennett’s commitment, UNLV’s recruiting class will jump into the top 25.
UNLV transfer Khem Birch played a role in Bennett’s decision as well. Birch, who is also a native of Canada, played with Bennett on the national team and at Global Challenge.
“He’s been talking to me every day and telling me I should come to UNLV and we could be a dynamic duo,” Bennett said. “I thought it was real cool. It was in the back of my head the whole time.”
Bennett finished the 2012 rankings as a five-star prospect and ranked No. 8 overall.