Draft Diaries: Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett (Courtesy UNLV athletics)

Anthony Bennett (Courtesy UNLV athletics)

By Anthony Bennett, for NBA.com

On the mend

I had rotator cuff surgery on my left shoulder about a month ago, and I’ve been rehabbing for a few weeks now. Rehab is going great, and the doctors say I’m recovering faster than normal. I should be back to 100 percent by early August, which is great news.

I’m in my third week of rehab now and I’m starting to try some light shooting and weight training. For the first week in rehab, we were mostly icing my shoulder and doing some exercises to increase the range of motion in the area. Then we added conditioning, so after every rehab session, I got on an elliptical machine to get in some cardio. I’m excited that the process is going well, and that it’s almost time to start getting back on the court. I’m not trying to rush the recovery process, but I’m getting back into it and am on a great road to recovery right now. It’s a process, and I’m taking it day by day. No dunking or showing off for the camera quite yet!

I will tell you that I’m so, so glad that I had this surgery when I did because now I should be back in action in time for training camp. Looking back, it’s really crazy that I was playing at the end of my college season with this injury.

I’m feeling very confident about not only coming back 100 percent, but even better than before! I can’t wait to go out there and perform on the big stage!

Pre-Draft life

I’m living in Long Island, NY, with Ramon Galloway out of La Salle University.  It’s low key out here, which is good because it makes it that much easier to stay focused. The area is quiet, so I spend most of my time going to rehab, resting and slowly getting back into the gym.

The cool thing about living in Long Island is that I’ve been able to visit New York City a bunch of times. I’d been to New York a couple times before for basketball, but this has been the first time I’ve really been able to explore the city. I went to see the Statue of Liberty, which was real cool! I always heard about it, but I finally had the chance to see it for myself. I skipped the Empire State Building though because I’m afraid of heights! I also took a trip out to Brooklyn to watch the Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center. I knew some of the guys playing in it, so I was supporting them.

Final thoughts

My prediction for the NBA Finals is that San Antonio wins it all in six games. They have a lot of veterans on that team that know what they have to do to win. It’s going to be real intense and definitely will come down to the wire. I want Tracy McGrady to get a ring. He used to be a Raptor, and since I’m from Toronto, I have to support him! I’m too young to remember and understand the game when he actually played in Toronto, but I’ve seen the highlights.

The Draft is just a couple weeks away, and I’m excited and anxious. Anybody can go #1; that spot is open and available. Even if I’m not drafted where I’m hoping to be selected, I’m happy to be part of this process and have the opportunity to play in a league full of great players.

One thing I have left to decide is what I’m wearing on Draft night. As long as I’m looking good on TV, then I’m cool!

Follow me on Twitter @anthonybennett or Instagram at ab3nnett. I make jokes, show off my outfits, a little bit of everything. And for more on my journey to the NBA Draft, visit www.draftdreams.com.


  1. Man I hope he gets drafted by Phoenix. That system is tailor made for someone of Anthony Bennett’s talents!

  2. Chris says:

    Welcome to Cleveland boss!