Anthony Bennett hoping to make impression on scouts
Anthony Bennett still can’t do anything strenuous because of his left rotator cuff, but he has been cleared with his doctor to start start shooting and dribbling again.
Bennett, a 6-7 forward from UNLV who visited the Wizards on Thursday for his second interview before the June 27 draft. Otto Porter (Georgetown) will visit and workout Friday and Nerlens Noel (Kentucky) will be here Saturday.
“It’s going pretty well,” said Bennett, who spoke to his surgeon, Dr. David Altchek, on Wednesday. He had surgery on his non-shooting shoulder in early May. “He said everything is going fine. By the first week of August I should be 100 percent, full contact.”
That means the 6-7 forward, who averaged 15.8 points, 8 rebounds and shot 52.6% from the field, would be ready for training camp.
Bennett, however, still can't engage in contact drills or dunking.
He didn’t attend last month’s pre-draft combine to get measured along with other injured prospects Noel and Alex Len (Maryland), but Bennett said his wingspan was determined to be 7-2 by Washington.
“I’m versatile. I feel like I can play inside and out. It’s a young team so they like to get up and down,” Bennett said of the Wizards’ up-tempo style led by point guard John Wall. “That’s what I like to do.”
Bennett has asthma, but doesn't expect that to be a hindrance to him as pro.
"It's not like I'm the first one in the NBA to have it. It's just something I got to take care of, eating right, using the inhalers," Bennett said. "It's something I do routinely."
Bennett visited the Phoenix Suns last weekend and next has the Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Bobcats. He doesn't expect to make any visits beyond those top 5 teams.