UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett is visiting the Orlando Magic today.
Bennett is considered one of the top prospects for the NBA Draft, which will be held June 27.
In 2012-13, as a true freshman, Bennett averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
He posted those numbers even though he suffered from persistent problems with his left shoulder, his non-shooting arm, in the latter stages of the season.
He eventually underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. Because he’s still recovering, he won’t be able to work out for the Magic during his visit. Still, Magic officials want to get to know Bennett as much as possible.
In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Dave Rice, UNLV’s head coach, described Bennett as a selfless player.
“The talent speaks for itself,” Rice said. “Guys can watch him play and see his potential — how good he is already but also the potential. But then it’s just so easy to talk about what a great teammate he is and his high basketball IQ. I think he’s a guy who, as he matures, has a chance to be a very, very special player in that league.”
The Magic have hosted several high-rated draft prospects in recent days.
That group includes Michigan point guard Trey Burke, Lehigh combo guard C.J. McCollum, Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore, Kentucky center Nerlens Noel and Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo.
And Georgetown small forward Otto Porter Jr. and Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams will have visited Orlando before the draft, too.
The Magic hold the second and 51st overall selections, although it’s possible the Magic will trade down from the second pick.
Bennett also is expected to visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. The Cavs own the top overall pick.
Finally landed in Orlando— Anthony Bennett (@AnthonyBennett) June 14, 2013
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