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#1329552 - 12/14/10 04:50 PM Jason Bennett is back!!! **
JasonBennett Offline
US Marshal, Kansas Territory

Registered: 02/07/10
Loc: Whereabouts Unknown
playing for the Jacksonville Giants (ABA)

http://www.jacksonvillegiants.com/page11505343.aspx

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#1329553 - 12/14/10 04:56 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: JasonBennett]
jayhawker010 Offline
Junior Jayhawk

Registered: 03/10/08
Loc: WtW
303 pounds of pure basketball talent.
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#1329554 - 12/14/10 04:58 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: JasonBennett]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
1 for 1 from 3?


Guy is the definition of versatile.
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#1329555 - 12/14/10 05:02 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
JasonBennett Offline
US Marshal, Kansas Territory

Registered: 02/07/10
Loc: Whereabouts Unknown
Quote:

1 for 1 from 3?


Guy is the definition of versatile.




100% from 3, I am the next Ray Allen, except taller and better looking

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#1329556 - 12/14/10 05:06 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: JasonBennett]
AdonisJordan Offline
Max Falkenstien

Registered: 02/10/07
Loc: Lawrence
Quote:

His most recent playing experience was in Ireland with the Cork Island Neptunes.


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#1329557 - 12/14/10 05:13 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: AdonisJordan]
JasonBennett Offline
US Marshal, Kansas Territory

Registered: 02/07/10
Loc: Whereabouts Unknown
Quote:

Quote:

His most recent playing experience was in Ireland with the Cork Island Neptunes.







Don't act like you're not impressed

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#1329558 - 12/14/10 05:19 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: JasonBennett]
B_of_H Offline
is in your head....

Registered: 12/30/05
Loc: the urban core
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#1329559 - 12/14/10 05:50 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: B_of_H]
jkjhawk Offline
Wilt Chamberlain

Registered: 09/01/02
Loc: Lawrence, KS
Does he have a big neck or a tiny head? Not sure.

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#1329560 - 12/14/10 05:52 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: jkjhawk]
B_of_H Offline
is in your head....

Registered: 12/30/05
Loc: the urban core
Quote:

Does he have a big neck or a tiny head? Not sure.




his head is huge.
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#1329561 - 12/14/10 05:53 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: JasonBennett]
AlaskanJayhawk Offline
Big Dipper

Registered: 03/14/10
Loc: Anchorage, AK
GO AWAY!!!
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#1329562 - 12/14/10 07:26 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: AlaskanJayhawk]
NDballer13 Offline
kusports.net

Registered: 12/02/07
Loc: North Dakota
Why doesn't he have a cool nickname like "Hot Rod" or "Slim"? Or the ever-so-modest Nick "The Chosen One" Wallery.
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#1329563 - 12/14/10 07:29 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: NDballer13]
Geezer Offline
To serve & protect

Registered: 01/08/06
Loc: JayhawkLaw office Lobby
"Dates fat chicks" isn't really that cool.
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#1329564 - 12/14/10 07:36 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Geezer]
jayhawker010 Offline
Junior Jayhawk

Registered: 03/10/08
Loc: WtW
Speaking of that, isn't there a picture of him somewhere dancing with a heifer?
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#1329565 - 12/14/10 07:50 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: jayhawker010]
DrPepper Offline
US Marshal, Kansas Territory

Registered: 09/18/03
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Quote:

The Jacksonville Giants now hold the record for Highest scoring game in recorded ABA history, stomping the San Francisco Rumble 182 to 124 at the inaugural game December 4, 2010.




Wow!

Can someone explain what happened? A Rival's 5-star recruit. Consensus top 50 high school recruit (whatever that is). Signed by Bob Huggins. Was there an injury? Didn't he have to play against someone other than 2A talent before college?

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#1329566 - 12/14/10 07:59 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: NDballer13]
DrPepper Offline
US Marshal, Kansas Territory

Registered: 09/18/03
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Quote:

Why doesn't he have a cool nickname like "Hot Rod" or "Slim"? Or the ever-so-modest Nick "The Chosen One" Wallery.




Maybe a few more pounds and he could be Silo Bennett and be in a pee wee herman movie.

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#1329567 - 12/14/10 08:21 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: DrPepper]
Hawks_And_Cats Offline
Suck it, Geezer

Registered: 02/14/06
Loc: The Coolest Place on Earth
He was way overrated coming out of high school. If I remember he only averaged lie 10 Pts a game. I'm sorry but with his size in high school he should have averaged 10 dunks per game.

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#1329568 - 12/14/10 11:48 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: jayhawker010]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
Quote:

Speaking of that, isn't there a picture of him somewhere dancing with a heifer?






That doesnt sound right. Let me check.
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#1329569 - 12/14/10 11:51 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
Nope...

Sasha getting grinded up....




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#1329570 - 12/14/10 11:54 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
Nope.


Rootbeer with a duck.







And Dick with a J.



Still looking.
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#1329571 - 12/14/10 11:57 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
Nope... You at prom...



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#1329572 - 12/15/10 12:00 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
Nope... Collins going prison on MU.


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#1329573 - 12/15/10 12:01 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
Nope. Old dude with a rabbit.


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#1329574 - 12/15/10 12:03 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
Jacky Vaughn and a fat dude... We must be getting closer.


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#1329575 - 12/15/10 12:05 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
I stand corrected.




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#1329576 - 12/15/10 12:08 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
ku_painter Offline
Pixel Gangster

Registered: 02/21/05
Loc: Rockin a dial-up connection
Let's drink to heifers
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#1329577 - 12/15/10 12:09 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: ku_painter]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
Were partying in here!!!!!




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#1329578 - 12/15/10 12:18 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
ku_painter Offline
Pixel Gangster

Registered: 02/21/05
Loc: Rockin a dial-up connection
Keys on a carabiner on the belt loop for your full contact partying needs.
Brushed aluminumumumum is the shizz
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#1329579 - 12/15/10 12:18 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
AdonisJordan Offline
Max Falkenstien

Registered: 02/10/07
Loc: Lawrence
hehehe. Love the sequence of pictures hawklin.
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#1329580 - 12/15/10 12:20 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: ku_painter]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
Quote:

Keys on a carabiner on the belt loop for your full contact partying needs.
Brushed aluminumumumum is the shizz







Where else you going to carry your keys?



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I'd sooner, except the penalties, kill a man than a hawk.

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#1329581 - 12/15/10 12:28 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
ku_painter Offline
Pixel Gangster

Registered: 02/21/05
Loc: Rockin a dial-up connection

Oh please please please say he keeps his keys in his denim jorts.
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#1329582 - 12/15/10 12:30 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: ku_painter]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
Not cool man.



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#1329583 - 12/15/10 12:32 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
ku_painter Offline
Pixel Gangster

Registered: 02/21/05
Loc: Rockin a dial-up connection
My bad.

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#1329584 - 12/15/10 12:34 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: ku_painter]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
No worries. Its late. Probably should probably sleep it off.



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#1329585 - 12/15/10 12:39 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
ku_painter Offline
Pixel Gangster

Registered: 02/21/05
Loc: Rockin a dial-up connection
Agreed. My head hurts

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#1329586 - 12/15/10 12:40 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: ku_painter]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
Just one question remains....




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#1329587 - 12/15/10 12:50 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
ku_painter Offline
Pixel Gangster

Registered: 02/21/05
Loc: Rockin a dial-up connection
Dude, I really apologize for this . My monitor is really messed up after Microsoft pushed some updates. I cant tell for certain, is that Carmelo Anthony or Freddy Asprilla ?
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#1329588 - 12/15/10 08:35 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: ku_painter]
jaihaux Offline
Wilt Chamberlain

Registered: 01/28/03
Loc: Overlook Hotel
This thread is already a classic!
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#1329589 - 12/15/10 09:08 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: jaihaux]
JasonBennett Offline
US Marshal, Kansas Territory

Registered: 02/07/10
Loc: Whereabouts Unknown
Here is a couple sweet action shots of me ballin!




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#1329590 - 12/15/10 09:23 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: JasonBennett]
Hawklin Offline
Justin Ray Giddens

Registered: 03/27/05
Its mid december. Just wait for him to get in game shape. Tmcats.
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#1329591 - 12/15/10 04:31 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawklin]
JasonBennett Offline
US Marshal, Kansas Territory

Registered: 02/07/10
Loc: Whereabouts Unknown
Here is a fantastic article about how awesome people thought I could be when I was 15

Quote:

Published Tuesday, December 11, 2001

TALL TALE

Being 7-1 at 15 isn't easy


By Bryan Mullen
Times-Union sports writer,

His classroom is a dollhouse.

Everything is tiny to Jason Bennett: chairs, desks, pencils, doorways, the aisles.

Even his teachers.

Bennett folds himself into his chair, picks up a pencil like most people pick up a



Arlington Country Day eighth-grader Jason Bennett stands with a classmate, Brett Glein, 14.

-- Crista Jeremiason/Staff

toothpick, and goes to work on his algebra.

It's study hall, and Bennett uses this opportunity to receive math tutoring. But after a few minutes, he is seen staring at his pencil. He glances over to a visitor.

"This is where they cut me," he says, opening his long, left hand. A one-inch scar, thin and white as dental floss, sits in the middle of his palm. "This is where they made me bleed."

Bennett, a basketball player for Arlington Country Day, stands 7 feet 1, and while his height amazes almost everyone he comes in contact with, that's not the half of it. Bennett turned 15 last week. He's in eighth-grade.

The life of Jason Bennett

"I'm 7 feet 1."

"I weigh 225 pounds."

"When I was 11, I was 5-foot-9, the same height as my mom."

"I was 6-foot-4 when I was 12, the same height as my dad."

"From age 13 to 14, I grew seven inches."

"No, I have no health problems. I'm normal."

"My shoe size is 18. It was 17 six months ago."

"I wear a 40-length in pants and my waist is 37 inches."

It's the age when a pimple can ruin a weekend, when kids strive not to stand out. Bennett has no choice, but admits he's finally learning to deal with his size.

"I used to hate people staring at me," says Bennett, who plays on both the junior varsity and varsity basketball teams for the Apaches. "But now, I wish the people who stare at me would come up and ask me questions. I'm learning to deal with it."

Fighting back

"You're stupid. Quit school. You're a freak."

He has heard it all, and can precisely recite the words. But two years ago, things became physical.

Bennett was walking to his East Arlington home when he heard a few kids laughing behind him. He turned around in time to see a rock racing toward his face. He ducked and blocked the rock with his left hand. He smiled to himself as the neighborhood kids ran away. "I blocked it," Bennett said to himself.

"They did it because I was big," he said. "It was boys and girls. They knew I wouldn't hit them back because of how big I was. I think they knew I could really hurt them."

A warmth overcame his hand. Blood.

It took four stitches.

"Kids used to hit him and stab him with pencils," says Harley Bennett, Jason's father. "Finally I told him he had to stick up for himself. Jason is not a violent person. One day he hit one of the kids back and got suspended."

And even though Bennett stood 6-8 as a sixth-grader, that was the first day he stood tall.

After the incident, his parents pulled Bennett out of Landmark Middle School and enrolled him at Arlington Country Day.

Today, he is revered by his classmates, friends and basketball teammates. For the first time in years, Bennett says, he feels like a kid. He's one of the guys, just another teenager who enjoys NASCAR, PlayStation and HBO.

"Everyone looks up to him," says Brent Griffin, who teaches math and history at Arlington Country Day. "And not just because he's tall."

Bennett's teachers and parents are impressed with the way Bennett has learned to handle himself. The stares don't bother him as much anymore, and it helps that he's dealing with far fewer taunts.

"He had a difficult time dealing with his size about two years ago," says Harley Bennett, who works as a mechanic for Claude Nolan Cadillac. "My wife [Darlene] and I sat him down and told him, 'You have a blessing. Be proud. You get to carry it around wherever you go.' We told him people will always ask him about his height and one day he will be fine with it."

And Bennett says his son's "blessing" isn't quite complete.

"He's growth plates aren't closed yet," says Harley, whose grandfather's cousin stood 7-3. "His doctor said he has two years of growth to go."

Harley lets out a little laugh.

"They expect him to be 7 feet 6."

Questioned at length

He knows all the answers because people continually ask. Like reading a script, Bennett looks down and begins with, of course, his height:

"I'm 7 feet 1."

"I weigh 225 pounds."

"When I was 11, I was 5-foot-9, the same height as my mom."

"I was 6-foot-4 when I was 12, the same height as my dad."

"From age 13 to 14, I grew seven inches."

"No, I have no health problems. I'm normal."

"My shoe size is 18. It was 17 six months ago."

"I wear a 40-length in pants and my waist is 37 inches."

Then there's the kicker.

"I turned 15 years old last week."

Bennett, who was held back in first grade, answers the questions every day. At the mall, grocery store, Blockbuster, everywhere. But it's not just the questions, it's the everyday problems the average man and woman, much less kid, don't think about.

He ducks through every doorway, his school desks and chairs are larger than his classmates'. He buys his shirts at a big and tall store, his pants through a uniform company. He sits in the back of class in consideration of his classmates, who wouldn't be able to see over or around him. Bennett wanted to play middle school football, but uniforms would have been impossible, and injuries would have been certain. He got his learner's permit last week, and that single coming-of-age ritual has created a whole new set of problems.

"There aren't too many cars I can fit into," Bennett says as he sits on top of a picnic table, as if it's a chair. "But I'm lucky because my grandfather is going to give me his old pickup."

Dating presents another unique challenge, not that eighth-grade boys have an easy time with it anyway.

"I've had two girlfriends this year, but they both broke up with me," Bennett says. "I think their parents thought I was older than I was or something."

But his size can have the opposite effect as well.

"I've already had three people come up and say they want their daughters to marry my son when he turns 18," says Darlene Bennett. "They think he is going to make millions of dollars playing basketball one day (lol). These people say they can have their lawyers draw up some papers for the marriage. It's crazy."

Sizing up a friend

Harley Bennett understands what his son is going through. As a seventh-grader, Harley stood 6-4. He never grew another inch, but his memories of elementary and middle school are not fond.

"I remember I was very tall in the first and second grade, and I was picked on a lot," he says. "Those were my worst years. It was a long time ago, but you don't forget that."

Darlene Bennett has fought stereotypes her entire life. She was the little sister who looked up to her big brother, Blaine, who was three years older. It didn't matter to her that Blaine had cerebral palsy. But to others, it did.

She regularly defended her brother at school and often got into fistfights with

those who made fun of Blaine.

"I can understand why kids can be cruel sometimes," she says. "But you'd be surprised how many times it's the adults making fun of children. It happens more than people think."

Darlene Bennett likes to walk about 10 yards behind her son when they go to Regency Square Mall to give him his own space. She remembers what it's like to be 15. But she can't help but notice the gawks. Adults, teenagers, little kids.

"You can tell they're trying to guess how tall he is," she says. "Then they look at his feet. Everyone looks at his feet. It's like when you look at a puppy's paws to see how big he's going to get."

Thirteen-year-old Justin Selvaggio sticks up for Jason, too. Selvaggio, Jason's best friend, doesn't care that he's 4-9. To him, it's not about the height. And that's what he tells those who make fun.

"I will walk over to someone and say, 'He's just like us. Don't make fun of him,'" Selvaggio says. "Some of the kids listen, but others don't."

Adds Bennett: "He's been my best friend for a couple of years, but we don't talk much about our size."

Bennett smiles and adds, "You know, he only comes up to my belly-button."

Long way from NBA

Rumors among eighth-graders revolve around Sally kissing Jimmy, or Jimmy liking Judy.

Rumors to Bennett revolve around him skipping college to play in the National Basketball Association.

He is still honing his skills. Bennett doesn't start for the varsity team, and only plays sparingly. He is not a force, doesn't score in double digits. But he has gained the interest of college coaches and NBA scouts. They all know one thing: He won't be a high school senior until 2005.

He has already received three letters from universities, NBA scouts have already seen him play. The Today show had planned on doing a segment on Bennett days before the Sept.11 terrorist attacks.

It seems everyone is reaching up and tugging on his uniform, offering advice, giving tips.

"People see dollar signs when they talk to Jason," Darlene Bennett says. "We understand that. But my husband and I want him to do whatever he wants. We don't push anything on him. We know it's only going to get worse with the media and colleges. My main thing is that I don't want to embarrass my son. I want to take some speech classes so I don't embarrass him."

Jason admits the NBA talk is interesting to think about, and he hasn't ruled it out. Right now, however, he is planning to go to college.

"I want to be a lawyer and help people," he says.

When the time comes to make his choice, Bennett says he will revel in it. He'll remember the taunts, the pencils stabs, the rocks.

And whether it's a college scholarship or an NBA contract, who could blame him if he signs his name in pencil?



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#1329592 - 12/15/10 04:38 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: JasonBennett]
Geezer Offline
To serve & protect

Registered: 01/08/06
Loc: JayhawkLaw office Lobby
Porking those fat chicks at Silo Tech was the ultimate act of kindness from a GREAT human being.
Godspeed Jason Bennett.
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#1329593 - 12/15/10 05:33 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Geezer]
Hawk780 Offline
Crimson & Blue Blood

Registered: 02/28/08
He was 15 in 8th grade?

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#1329594 - 12/15/10 05:45 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Hawk780]
5DecadeHawk Offline
Otto Schnellbacher

Registered: 11/22/07
Quote:

He was 15 in 8th grade?




It depends.

Which time through 8th grade are you referring to?
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#1329595 - 12/16/10 07:28 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: JasonBennett]
jayhawklaw Offline
Baby Jay

Registered: 02/02/08
Loc: Free State Lobby
There is so much gold in this article.



Quote:





His classroom is a dollhouse.

Everything is tiny to Jason Bennett: chairs, desks, pencils, doorways, the aisles.

Even his talent.

Bennett folds himself into his chair, picks up his penis like most people pick up a toothpick, and goes to work on himself.

It's study hall, and Bennett uses this opportunity to receive math tutoring. But after a few minutes, he is seen breathing through his mouth and perusing Livestock Quarterly.

"This is where they cut me," he says, opening his long, left hand. A one-inch scar, thin and white as dental floss, sits in the middle of his palm. "This is where they made me bleed."

Bennett, a basketball player for Arlington Country Day, stands 7 feet 1, and while his height amazes almost everyone he comes in contact with, that's not the half of it. Bennett turned 27 last week. He's in eighth-grade.

The life of Jason Bennett

"I'm 7 feet 1."

"I weigh 225 pounds."

"When I was 11, I was 5-foot-9, the same height as my mom."

"I was 6-foot-4 when I was 12, the same height as my dad."

"From age 13 to 14, I grew seven inches."

"No, I have no health problems. I'm normal."

"My shoe size is 18. It was 17 six months ago."

"I wear a 40-length in pants and my waist is 37 inches."

It's the age when a pimple can ruin a weekend, when kids strive not to stand out. Bennett has no choice, but admits he's finally learning to deal with his size.

"I used to hate people staring at me," says Bennett, who plays on both the junior varsity and varsity basketball teams for the Apaches. "But now, I wish the fat chicks who stare at me would come up and let me grind on them while the club music bumps. I'm learning to deal with it."

Fighting back

"You're stupid. Quit school. You're a freak."

He has heard it all, and can precisely recite the words. But two years ago, when Jason was just 25 years old, things became physical.

Bennett was walking to his East Arlington home when he heard a few kids laughing behind him. He turned around in time to see a rock racing toward his face. He ducked and blocked the rock with his left hand, his first block that year. He smiled to himself as the neighborhood kids ran away. "I blocked it," Bennett said to himself. His mother glued the rock to her refrigerator door to commemorate Bennett's block.

"They did it because I was big," he said. "It was boys and girls. They knew I wouldn't hit them back because of how big I was. I think they knew I had been on a romp in their fathers' barns the night before."

A warmth overcame his hand. Blood...and semen.

It took four stitches.

"Kids used to hit him and stab him with pencils, which this article has already established are like toothpicks to Jason," says Harley Bennett, Jason's father. "Finally I told him he had to stick up for himself. Jason is not a violent person. One day he hit one of the kids back and got suspended."

And even though Bennett stood 6-8 as a sixth-grader, that was the first day he stood tall. The 25 year-old manchild had finally soared to new heights.

After the incident, his parents pulled Bennett out of Landmark Middle School and enrolled him at Arlington Country Day.

Today, he is reviled by his classmates, friends and basketball teammates. For the first time in years, Bennett says, he feels like a kid. He's one of the guys, just another teenager who enjoys NASCAR, soil judging, and parity.

"Everyone looks up to him," says Brent Griffin, who teaches math and history at Arlington Country Day. "And not just because he's tall, but also because they are short."

Bennett's teachers and parents are impressed with the way Bennett has learned to handle himself, especially in study hall. The stares don't bother him as much anymore, and it helps that he's dealing with far fewer taunts.

"He had a difficult time dealing with his size about two years ago," says Harley Bennett, who works as a mechanic for Claude Nolan Cadillac. "My wife [Darlene] and I sat him down and told him, 'You have a blessing. Be proud. You get to carry it around wherever you go.' We told him people will always ask him about his height and one day he will be fine with it."

And Bennett says his son's "blessing" isn't quite complete.

"He's growth plates aren't closed yet," says Harley, whose grandfather's cousin stood 7-3. "His doctor said he has two years of growth to go. He will continue to grow until he is almost thirty. Then, when he reaches middle age, his joints and major organs will begin to fail. For now, though, it's a blessing."

Harley lets out a little laugh.

"They expect him to be 7 feet 6."

Questioned at length

He knows all the answers because people continually ask. Like reading a script, Bennett looks down and begins with, of course, his height:

"I'm 7 feet 1."

"I weigh 225 pounds."

"When I was 11, I was 5-foot-9, the same height as my mom."

"I was 6-foot-4 when I was 12, the same height as my dad."

"From age 13 to 14, I grew seven inches."

"No, I have no health problems. I'm normal."

"My shoe size is 18. It was 17 six months ago."

"I wear a 40-length in pants and my waist is 37 inches."

Then there's the kicker.

"I turned 15 years old in the mid-1990s."

Bennett, who was held back in first grade, second grade, twice in third grade, and did the sixth and seventh grade three times each, answers the questions every day. At the mall, grocery store, Blockbuster, everywhere. But it's not just the questions, it's the everyday problems the average man and woman, much less kid, don't think about.

He ducks through every doorway, his school desks and chairs are larger than his classmates'. He buys his shirts at a big and tall store, his pants through a uniform company. He sits in the back of class in consideration of his classmates, who wouldn't be able to see over or around him. Bennett wanted to play middle school football, but uniforms would have been impossible, and injuries would have been certain. He got his learner's permit last week, and that single coming-of-age ritual has created a whole new set of problems.

"There aren't too many cars I can fit into," Bennett says as he sits on top of a picnic table, as if it's a chair. "But I'm lucky because my grandfather is going to give me his old circus van. It was converted so that it could be driven by trained elephants. I think that might just work."

Dating presents another unique challenge, not that eighth-grade boys have an easy time with it anyway.

"I've had two girlfriends this year, but they both broke up with me," Bennett says. "I think their parents thought I was older than I was or something, like maybe 40. They take statutory rape pretty seriously around here."

But his size can have the opposite effect as well.

"I've already had three people come up and say they want their daughters to marry my son when the girls turn 18." "They think he is going to make millions of dollars playing basketball one day," says Jason's mother, without a hint of skepticism. "These people say they can have their lawyers draw up some papers for the marriage. It's crazy."

"I can understand why kids can be cruel sometimes," she says. "But you'd be surprised how many times it's the adults making fun of children. It happens more than people think."

Darlene Bennett likes to walk about 10 yards behind her son when they go to Regency Square Mall so that no one thinks they are together. She remembers what it's like to almost be 30. But she can't help but notice the gawks. Adults, teenagers, little kids.

"You can tell they're trying to guess how tall he is," she says. "Then they look at his feet. Everyone looks at his feet. It's like when you look at a puppy's paws to see how big he's going to get."

Thirteen-year-old Justin Selvaggio sticks up for Jason, too. Selvaggio, Jason's best friend, doesn't care that he's 4-9. To him, it's not about the height. And that's what he tells those who make fun.

"I will walk over to someone and say, 'He's just like us. Don't make fun of him,'" Selvaggio says. "Some of the kids listen, but others don't."

Adds Bennett: "He's been my best friend for a couple of years, but we don't talk much about our size."

Bennett smiles and creepily adds, "You know, he only comes up to my belly-button."

A Long, long, long way from NBA

Rumors among eighth-graders revolve around Sally kissing Jimmy, or Jimmy liking Judy.

Rumors to Bennett revolve around him skipping college to play in the National Basketball Association. The reader shoud let this rumor sink in.

He is still honing his skills. Bennett doesn't start for the varsity team, and only plays sparingly. He is not a force, doesn't score in double digits. But he has gained the interest of college coaches and NBA scouts. They all know one thing: He won't be a high school senior until 2005, or at least, that is the projection.

He has already received three letters from universities. That's right, three. NBA scouts have already seen him play, so he's got that going for him, which is nice. The Today show had planned on doing a segment on Bennett days before the Sept.11 terrorist attacks, then decided out the country was sad enough and decided to scrap the piece.

It seems everyone is reaching up and tugging on his uniform, offering advice, giving tips.

"People see dollar signs when they talk to Jason," Darlene Bennett says, oblivious to reality. "We understand that. But my husband and I want him to do whatever he wants. We don't push anything on him. We know it's only going to get worse with the media and colleges. My main thing is that I don't want to embarrass my son. I want to take some speech classes so I don't embarrass him." The simple-minded nature of Jason's mother has her concerned that his greatest embarrassment will be her grammar, rather than that he is likely to wither on the vine, as it relates to basketball and life in general.

Jason admits the NBA talk is interesting to think about, and he hasn't ruled it out. Right now, however, he is planning to go to college after college after college.

"I want to be a lawyer and help people,"he says. At this rate, I could be sitting for the bar by the time I'm 60!"

When the time comes to make his choice, Bennett says he will revel in it. He'll remember the taunts, the pencils stabs, the rocks.

And whether it's a college scholarship or an NBA contract, who could blame him if he signs his name in pencil...you know, so he can erase it and transfer.


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#2028082 - 02/20/18 11:48 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: JasonBennett]
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Bennett_(basketball)

#6 https://n.rivals.com/position_rankings/basketball/2006/C


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#2028083 - 02/20/18 11:50 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Geezer]
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Originally Posted By: Geezer
"Dates fat chicks" isn't really that cool.


Agree!

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#2028125 - 02/21/18 10:17 AM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Maximus]
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Originally Posted By: Maximus
[quote=Geezer]"Dates fat chicks" isn't really that cool.


Phogusher and Jason Bennett have the same taste?


Laura Lee plus size model
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#2028142 - 02/21/18 02:28 PM Re: Jason Bennett is back!!! [Re: Maximus]
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Registered: 12/12/03
Originally Posted By: Maximus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Bennett_(basketball)

#6 https://n.rivals.com/position_rankings/basketball/2006/C




Interesting to note that your link has John Kreft #5 prospect out of PARKLAND, FL. Not even sure where the guy finally signed.

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