Rebel with a Cause

Ryan Kern is an NCAA Basketball analyst who will be providing weekly updates on the nation's top college prospects here at, starting today with Anthony Bennett from UNLV.

Anthony Bennett.

Remember the name, remember the number, and recognize game.

While the vast majority of the Nation is going to sleep, Anthony Bennett is going to work. The McDonald’s All-American from Brampton, Ontario hits the scales at 6-8, 230 and is turning heads of NBA scouts on his timeMountain West time.

UNLV fans are quick to pull comparisons to Larry Johnson, but this talent doesn’t end with “Grandmama” commercials and Converse. Perhaps “Uncle Drew” commercials with Kyrie Irving are more appropriate, after this Freshman standout declares to become a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. 

On a typical night, Bennett plugs 18.3 PPG with 8.5 REB in for a team lacking a true PG and quite honestly an identity. Secretly loaded with star power, UNLV runs a high octane offense that features anyone open to shotgun and shoot. 

Bennett only takes an average of 11-13 shots per game as his teammates embrace their inner-Allen Iverson, hoisting callous shot selections. However, the one constant remains that when “Big Anthony” has the ball, no one can guard him.

Blessed with the ability to make you pay behind the arch, Bennett has a pure jump shot and is absolutely ferocious on the glass. Lose sight of him for a second and he’s flexing at your crowd.

This is the rare breed of “All-Dimension Game.”

This is who you want to watch in the NCAA Tournament. This is who you want to Draft with the 1st Pick.

This is NOT a bold statement.

Follow Ryan Kern on Twitter: @sharpncaa

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine,,, and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.