Anthony Bennett Down to UNLV and Oregon After Cutting Kentucky

Mick AkersAnalyst IMay 7, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 28: Anthony Bennett #22 of the West team sets to shoot during the 2012 McDonald's All American Game at United Center on March 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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One of the highest rated players in high school basketball is still not committed to a college, but Rivals' No. 7 overall ranked Anthony Bennett has trimmed his list of potential college destinations from three to two. According to Adam Zagoria, he has eliminated the Kentucky Wildcats, leaving the UNLV Runnin' Rebels and the Oregon Ducks as the power forward's final two.

In a surprise move last week, the 5-star recruit eliminated the team that was considered the favorite to land him, the Florida Gators, from his list.

Bennett played for the Findlay Prep Pilots based out of Henderson, Nev., which is about 10 miles away from the UNLV campus, and has built a great relationship with the school's program over the last year. The Rebels are now considered the favorite to land Bennett, and after spending the weekend visiting UNLV with his mother, that notion would appear to be justified. 

Bennett's good friend and fellow Canadian, Khem Birch, will play for UNLV next season and has been on Bennett's case trying to get him to go to UNLV.

The Rebels play an up-tempo style that suits Bennett and has an immediate need for a forward with both Chace Stanback and Brice Massamba departing. 

Oregon can also use all the help it can get up front, as they are losing Tyrone Nared, Jeremy Jacob and Olu Ashaolu, giving Bennett an instant starting position if he chooses to play in Eugene. 

The Ducks have already landed a highly rated prospect out of the Las Vegas area, as they signed Ben Carter out of Bishop Gorman to their 2012 class.

With how Bennett's recruitment has sped up over the past few days, I would expect an announcement of where he is officially going within the next 72 hours or so, making a huge impact on whichever team he chooses.