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Bennett, Winston G., III

(born: 1965) 

Winston Bennett, born in Louisville,KY, is a former NBA player and college basketball coach. His played high school basketball at Male High School in Louisville. Bennett was a 6' 7" forward and was named Kentucky Mr. Basketball in 1983. He was also named All-American by Parade Magazine and McDonalds. He played college basketball at the University of Kentucky 1983-1988 [he was red shirted one year due to a knee injury]. During his first season, the team went to the final four and lost to the Georgetown Hoyas 53-40 in the championship game. In the following years, Bennett was named to the All-NCAA Regional Team and was twice named to the SEC All-Conference Team. In his senior year, the team had a record of 32-4, and Winston Bennett was team captain. He was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 3rd round of the 1988 NBA Draft. He played 3 seasons with the Cavaliers and one season with the Miami Heat. He has served as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, the head coach at Kentucky State University, and head coach at Mid-Continent University.


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