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ESPN1100 exclusive - Top 10 NBA draft prospect Anthony Bennett admits he has ast

(Bennett asking to be replaced at CSU - Las Vegas Sun)

Rumors persisted throughout the season, but Anthony Bennett denied that he had asthma.

It turns out he does. How that affects his draft stock is anyone's guess.

During an interview with ESPN1100's Seat Williams, Bennett talked about his breathing issues.

"Having asthma and stuff is not the best thing. You just gotta keep playing through it … and try not to think about it," said Bennett (Audio 2:15 mark).

The 6--foot-8, 240-pounder talked about how managed the asthma during games.

"I just have my two inhalers. There’s one I take in the morning, and at night, And there’s another one I take 30 minutes before the game, during the game, halftime and probably after (depending on) how it feels."

Bennett appeared to have stamina issues throughout the season. Games at high altitude in Ft. Collins (Colorado State) and Colorado Springs (Air Force) were red flags. Bennett played a combined 51 minutes and averaged just 7.5 ppg and 7 rpg against those teams. His defensive intensity was questioned by the Las Vegas media and fans. 

"I wouldn’t say my asthma is the reason why I don’t play hard," Bennett said. "I just feel like teams are doing a great job defensively on me. Trying to prevent me from scoring." 

Update: Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and host of ESPN1100's The Las Vegas Sportsline confirmed that he asked Bennett if he had asthma on four occasions following the CSU game.

Bennett is  the No. 5 rated on Chad Ford's NBA draft big board at espn.com. Here's AB's pluses/minuses. There's no mention of a breathing issue.



Positives
  • Long, super athletic forward
  • NBA body
  • Explosive leaper
  • Can score inside and out
  • Jump shot range out to the 3-point line
  • Excellent rebounder
  • Great hands
Negatives
  • Undersized for his position
  • Post game is all power right now, needs more low-post moves

 

He's also rated fifth on the NBADraft.net mock draft.  


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04/02/2013 10:57AM
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