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  • Anthony Bennett, Findlay Prep off to Fast Start in 11-12

    AK Murthy

    Top 10 2012 player Anthony Bennett has been a part of Henderson, Nevada's powerhouse Findlay Prep basketball team for two seasons now, but he says this year's squad is vastly different than the last.

    "The main difference from last year is just the size we have right now," Bennett told C2C Hoops. "Our average height is 6'8, and everybody can score. We get out and run too, it makes us really difficult to defend."

    Findlay is once again shredding their regular season slate, getting off to a 11-0 start.

    "We're undefeated so we're happy with that," Bennett said. "I'm actually pretty happy, just because of the progress we've made this year. Compared to last year we've come together as a team quicker, our team chemistry is great and we're just all getting along as family."

    Though Bennett and his teammates are pleased with the way the season is going so far, the ultimate question is whether head coach Mike Peck agrees.

    "Coach Peck doesn't show it really but I think he's been happy with the progress we've made," he said. "After our win against Flower Mound Marcus I could tell he was happy with the way we were coming together as a team and some of the improvements we made."

    Team chemistry is one of the main factors that Bennett credits Findlay's success to, and he had glowing remarks about his teammates.

    "I get along with everyone on the court really. Winston (Shepard) is having a good year, Brandon (Ashley), Nigel (Williams-Goss), everyone has been contributing."

    Bennett also had good things to say about one of Findlay Prep's new additions this year, 2012 6'6 guard Amedeo Della Valle from Italy. Della Valle is being recruited by a number of schools including Georgetown, UCLA, and UConn, but Arizona appears to be the leader at this point.

    "Deo's a pure shooter, and he can run the point guard spot," Bennett said. "He just pushes the ball up the floor and looks for everybody, he's not selfish."

    Bennett and his teammates have not had a kind schedule lately, as their final exams coincide with a stretch of 7 games over 10 days. He said he's hoping to have a moment to relax when he's back home in Toronto, Canada over winter break.

    "Honestly it has worn me down a little bit," he said. "I've been going hard since May so of course I'm excited to go home and relax, see my friends and family. I had a strained muscle that limited me a little bit last game, but with a little rest I'll be back completely back to 100%. Finals are almost over so we have some time off."

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