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UNLV's Bennett (shoulder) out until August

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UNLV freshman forward Anthony Bennett, considered a potential lottery pick in the NBA draft in June, will likely be sidelined for several months after having shoulder surgery.

Bennett projects as a power forward in the NBA. The operation to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder is expected to sideline him at least three months, meaning all pre-draft workouts and rookie summer league is out of the question.

Bennett (6-8, 233) averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds to earn Mountain West Conference freshman of the year honors.

He is one of a handful of top prospects entering the draft with injuries that limit their ability to participate in workouts. Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, another freshman, is recovering from a torn ACL. He was injured in February.

Maryland center Alex Len is out at least four months recovering from a fractured left ankle.

All three players are still projected to be lottery picks in the June 27 draft.

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