Kalin Bennett, Division I basketball recruit diagnosed with autism, plays for Kent State in opener

Kalin Bennett made his debut with the Kent State Flashes on Wednesday night.

(CNN)Kalin Bennett says he wants kids to believe in themselves "first and foremost" -- and he's hoping he can be an example.

Bennett is the first student-athlete with autism to sign a national letter of intent to play a team sport at the NCAA Division I level. He made his debut for Kent State University's men's basketball team in its season-opening game Wednesday.
Kent State won the home game against Hiram, also of northern Ohio, at the MAC Center, 97-58.
Bennett entered the game with six minutes left to play, and he finished with 2 points, two rebounds and one block. He scored his first collegiate points on a hook shot with less than three minutes left to play.