Update on the future of former Runnin’ Rebels: Surgery for Bennett, Moser to Oregon
Projected lottery pick underwent procedure, draft stock unaffected
If you’re waiting to see Anthony Bennett play in the NBA, you’re going to have to wait a while.
According to his agent Jeff Schwartz, Bennett will undergo rotator cuff surgery on Wednesday and will be out of action for the next four months.
Projected to go in the top-10 in this year’s NBA Draft held on June 27, the surgery means that Bennett will not be able to participate in any pre-draft workouts, the draft combine or the NBA Summer League.
The surgery will be on Bennett’s left shoulder — the same shoulder treated for brachial neuritis back in February.
When Bennett was being treated for brachial neuritis, athletic trainer Dave Tomchek described the condition as an inflammation of the nerve group coming off the neck to the shoulder. The recovery time was projected to vary anywhere from four weeks to 18 months.
The 2012 Mountain West Freshman of the Year did not miss any time due to that shoulder, but Bennett came off the bench for three games before returning to the starting lineup for the conference tournament.
He didn’t show any signs of that shoulder bothering him during UNLV’s three tournament games, averaging 19 points and eight rebounds en route to the Runnin’ Rebels making the conference championship game.
According to ESPN Insider Chad Ford, he spoke to two NBA general managers and both said this surgery should not affect his draft stock.
In Bennett’s one and only season at UNLV, recruited out of Findlay Prep, he averaged 16 points and eight rebounds, playing in every game during the 2012-13 season.
Former leading scorer transfers to Ducks, contradicts sources
Mike Moser will be playing in the Pac-12 next season, but not at Washington like originally reported.
The junior forward and UNLV’s one-time leading scorer will finish out his college career, and look to improve his draft stock in 2013 when he will transfer and play for defending conference champion Oregon, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
The Rebel Yell reported on April 5 that Moser was considering playing for the Huskies in his final year of eligibility.
A source close to the situation told CBS Sports in that report that it was “almost done and that he’s going to transfer and play at Washington.”
However, the Portland, Ore. native has decided that he will be playing with the Ducks next year — who won the conference title this past season and made it to the Sweet 16 as a No. 12 seed before losing to eventual National Champion Louisville.
After averaging 14 points and over 10 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2011-12, Moser decided to return for what would be considered his senior season. He will graduate this spring.
This won’t be Moser’s first rodeo playing in the Pac-12. Before transferring to UNLV, he played at UCLA under recently-fired head coach Ben Howland, seeing a combined 70 minutes of playing time in his only season as a Bruin.
When Moser came to UNLV, he stormed onto the national scene as one of the Mountain West’s top players and a projected first-round pick in the NBA Draft.
Moxer now heads to a team who will be the perennial favorite in the Pac-12 in 2013.