Five freshmen to watch in the MWC

July, 18, 2012
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Five freshmen to watch in the MWC...

Anthony Bennett, UNLV: Bennett was the top uncommitted player in the spring when he signed with the Rebels. ESPN's seventh-ranked prospect gives the Rebs an instant scorer who will draw plenty of attention. The Canadian should complement a veteran crew to give the MWC favorites an incoming star.

Katin Reinhardt, UNLV: Another top-50 prospect for Dave Rice in Vegas. The Runnin' Rebels will need him to play multiple positions, including point guard. UNLV needed depth on the perimeter and Reinhardt can deliver. Another solid piece of the foundation.

Winston Shepard, San Diego St.: The 6-8 forward arrives as the Aztecs' top recruit, an elite prospect with unlimited potential. But a June arrest involving a small possession of marijuana at the very least puts in judgment in question. If he can stay on the court, Shepard will be a major contributor.

Skylar Spencer, San Diego St.: The Aztecs desperately needed depth in the post and Spencer is expected to give them a major contribution there. He was recruited by a number of like schools and would have been a rotation player in a number of spots.

Robert Upshaw, Fresno State: The Bulldogs have consistently lacked size lately and needed a wide-body to impact in the first year of the league. The 6-11 Upshaw is a local product from San Joaquin Memorial High and will have to deal with that pressure in helping Fresno be a consistent player in a new league.

Andy Katz | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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