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  • 18 Jul
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Brazilian national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed that the veteran goalkeeper is set to join Toronto on loan, saying it will help him be ready for the World Cup. Cheap Jerseys . In the lead up - which seemed to begin the moment Mike Geiger blew the whistle in Houston last Thursday night - the Impact rumour mill went into overdrive. The speculation went into meltdown mode, of the golden nugget variety.TORONTO -- While most of his NBA draftmates were auditioning on courts around the league, Anthony Bennett was making the rounds of NBA offices. The Brampton, Ont., native is touted as a potential top-five pick in Thursdays nights NBA draft, but the UNLV swingman has been sidelined since having rotator cuff surgery in May. Bennett has to hope he impressed in his interviews, and his play in college this past season, but he said hes confident his injury wont dictate what NBA jersey hell be wearing next season. "There were a lot of questions about the surgery of course (in interviews)," Bennett said in a phone interview from New York. "But I feel like the surgery is not really a big issue, just because David Altchek (the New York Mets doctor and a medical consultant for the NBA) did it. Hes one of the top guys. So I feel like its going to be cool." Bennetts rehab will keep him out of action until training camp, meaning hell miss NBA summer league. Plus the six-foot-seven, 240-pound player already missed draft combine and individual workouts. He did travel to the drafts top five teams -- Cleveland, Orlando, Washington, Charlotte and Phoenix -- for interviews. Bennett had surgery a few weeks after the Runnin Rebels were upset in the second round of March Madness in a 64-61 loss to California. "At the end of my season, I felt like it was the best choice, best decision for me to go ahead and get surgery for my shoulder, instead of doing it after summer league," Bennett said. "I felt like it was the right decision because Im going to be back before training camp, even though Im going to miss out on summer league. But training camp, I feel like thats one I really cant miss." Bennett played this past season at UNLV, earning Mountain West freshman of the year honours. He led the team in scoring with 16.1 points a game. He also led the team, and was fifth in the conference, in rebounds averaging 8.1. Hes one of three Canadians who are NBA-bound. Gonzaga forward Kelly Olynyk is a projected lottery pick while University of Texas point guard Myck Kabongo is expected to go late in the second round. Tristan Thompson is the highest Canadian NBA draft pick, going fourth overall to Cleveland in 2011. The forward from Brampton, Ont., said Bennett shouldnt stress about where he lands in the draft -- the health of his shoulder is more important. "Because its a long season, 82 games plus training camp, it takes a toll on your body, so make sure you get your shoulder healthy first," Thompson said in a phone interview. "And then second, it doesnt matter what number you get picked, its about the best fit in the best situation for you. Look at Darko Milicic, he went No. 2 (in 2003) but hes not in the NBA right now. And youve got Dwyane Wade (No. 5 pick the same year) who has won NBA championships. "So its about the best fit. Its not about the pick, its about whats the best fit and hoow you can extend your career for as long as you can.dddddddddddd" Two other top-10 draft prospects for this year -- Nerlens Noel and Alex Len -- also had recent surgeries, Noel for a torn ACL and Len for an ankle injury. Bennett said hes just starting lifting weights again. "Not too heavy, but just a good amount to build back the strength. Ive been doing that, and some mobility work," he said. He was just wrapping up a whirlwind Wednesday in New York that he spent doing interviews and photo shoots. All the draft prospects also toured the 9/11 memorial. Bennett has two teams worth of family members with him in New York -- some 25-30 (he lost count) of uncles, aunts and cousins, and his mom and sister. Hes purchased his suit for his walk across the stage -- scarlet and grey, UNLVs colours. "Simple, but it really stands out too," he said of his fashion choice. These are heady days for Canadian basketball as Bennett, Olynyk and Kabongo are poised to join the eight Canadians already in the NBA, two of whom -- Miamis Joel Anthony and San Antonios Cory Joseph -- played in the NBA final. "Its a big time for those young guys, and its big for our country and its big for our national team, having three guys that are potential first-round picks, all Canadians," Thompson said. "I think its because were getting the opportunity and were getting the media attention and the exposure with these young kids coming up. And also these young kids are taking this game seriously and theyre seeing that if they work hard it is possible to become an NBA player and get drafted. Its kind of a seeing is believing type thing. With Steve Nash being the forefather of all this and me and Cory being the grandpas, its exciting," he added, laughing. Nash was the highest Canadian draft pick before Thompson, going 15th overall to Phoenix in 1996. Bennett spoke to Nash, whos also the general manager of Canadas mens team, a few months ago. "It was back when I didnt really know what I was doing, if I was going to stay in college or I was going to leave, but he just told me if I do leave, just work hard, because not every year is guaranteed for you," Bennett said. "That kind of stuck with me." While Bennett insisted hell be happy wherever he lands -- "top-10, or even if its 11 through 20" -- he did say he wouldnt mind topping Thompson in the draft pecking order. "Its history. Tristan, he went No. 4 a couple of years ago, so if I beat that, Ill be happy," Bennett said. "Its just a great era of Canadian basketball right now, because we have people in the NBA, we have people getting drafted this year, we have people in college, we have people still in high school who are dominating. Its just crazy throughout different levels." Andrew Wiggins, a budding superstar from Thornhill, Ont., is being projected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft. ' ' '