Safe to say last night was Anthony Bennett’s coming out party onto the national college basketball scene. Bennett is UNLV’s 6-foot-8, 240-pound freshman who had already made some highlight plays earlier this season, but had yet to appear in a high-profile game that had captured the attention of casual observers — until tonight.
UNLV took on California in a battle of 6-1 teams that was featured on ESPNU, and Bennett stole the show in 76-75 victory for the Runnin’ Rebels. He managed 25 points and 13 rebounds on the night, and the Twitterverse was raving about his game:
Only 1 game, but based on what I just saw UNLV’s Anthony Bennett should be #1 pick in NBA. My goodness what a beast – total package.
— Dave Flemming (@FlemmingDave) December 10, 2012
— Harvey Tadmor (@HarveyTadmor) December 10, 2012
My opinion on UNLV’s true freshman @ab15__ (Anthony Bennett)?: He is makinga case right now for player of the year. For sure lottery pick.
— Andrew Carrillo (@TheDrewster35) December 10, 2012
Really no way to stop Anthony Bennett if he gets a paint touch. Either going to get a shot off or get fouled every time.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 10, 2012
ayee this mite be the year a canadian basketball player might be the #1 pick!! anthony bennett!! #unlv
— isaiah cruz (@IsaiahM_Cruz) December 10, 2012
Anthony bennett is disgusting
— JadonCohee12 (@JadonCohee12) December 10, 2012
I’ve watched a few UNLV games now, and I think Anthony Bennett is in the top tier of NBA draft prospects. Very little downside there IMO
— Walker Beeken (@WalkerBeeken) December 10, 2012
The Wizards are tanking cuz they want Anthony Bennett.
— Mario Castanon (@mariobc8) December 10, 2012
Anthony Bennett is undoubtedly the best freshman in the country. Who the hell needs Shabazz?!?!?
— Michael Garza (@mikegarza101) December 10, 2012
Breakout game for Anthony Bennett. Made a lot of money tonight. Gutsy win for UNLV with Moser out most of the game.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) December 10, 2012