Recruiting on hold for Bentil

Ben Bentil, a top 75 prospect in the 2014 class, has plenty of college interest, but his focus is on development, not the recruiting process.

When Ben Bentil arrived in the United States from Ghana, he was a talented post prospect that lacked skill and offense.

That quickly changed.

According to Middletown (Del.) St. Andrew's coach Terrell Myers, Bentil's daily routine includes 5:30 a.m. workouts. The extra effort and time has developed Bentil into one of the top power forwards in the 2014 recruiting class.

"Offensively he's just getting better," Myers said. "When he first came over he was a raw post player and now if you've watched him he can handle the ball a little bit and he can shoot the ball with ease out to 16 or 17 feet.

"He's become a way better passer," he added. "His feel for the game. The kid gets up on his own every morning to work out at 5:30. So he definitely wants it and you can see the improvements."

While he's developed his offense, can pass and is a talented rebounder, Myers said the best part about his game is his mobility.

"He's run the floor," Myers said. "He runs the floor and plays with such a high motor and passion that it's really hard to match his competitiveness."

Bentil, who runs with We-R-1 on the travel team circuit, currently holds scholarship offers from Temple, St. Joseph, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Providence, LaSalle and Delaware.

Villanova, Georgetown, Texas, Cincinnati and Syracuse are also showing strong interest in Bentil.

"Right now it's wide open," Myers said. "Recruiting has changed over the years. He's just a sophomore. We aren't really looking at anybody. We are just staying in the gym and developing him."

"Next year we'll take it more seriously," Myers added about Bentil's recruitment.

To date, Bentil hasn't taken a college visit and that likely won't change anytime soon.

"He probably won't take any until next year," Myers said. "He just doesn't really understand the recruiting process totally so we are trying to get him to understand it a little bit so he can appreciate it."

Bentil, a four-star prospect who ranks No. 60 overall in the 2014 class, averaged 21 points and 17 rebounds at St. Andrew's during his sophomore season.


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