Ben Bentil is a 6-8, 225 pound four-star power forward from St. Andrew's High in Middletown, Delaware. Originally from Ghana, Bentil is rated as the #74 prospect in the class by Rivals.com and the #83 prospect by Scout.com.
Bentil joins a class that already includes two other Top 100 recruits – 7-2 center Paschal Chukwu and 6-7 small forward Jalen Lindsey. As a power player, he'll complement Chukwu perfectly. PC's roster next season will feature six Top 100 talents: Bentil, Chukwu, Lindsey, Carson Desrosiers, Kris Dunn and Brandon Austin.
For a while, Georgetown seemed to lead for Bentil, but when they received a verbal from power forward Paul White recently, the door opened for Providence. The Friars had been pursuing Bentil since July 2012, but they faced stiff competition from the Hoyas, St. Joseph's, Temple and others, including Miami and UCLA. The verbal by White was just the crack that Ed Cooley needed to slip through and he capitalized by having Bentil visit multiple times recently.
His high school coach, Terrell Myers, told Evan Daniels of Scout.com, "It came down to having an opportunity to step in and play right away. We believe it's about timing and with the recent additions at Providence I think they are a program on the way up. The staff did a great job recruiting him and spent a lot of time explaining what Providence is all about. I think he liked the family atmosphere and basketball is very important to that community. The development that Ed has shown as a coach and in previous of years was important."
Bentil averaged 16 ppg and 12 rpg last season for St. Andrew's and was named Delaware's player of the year. He is a strong, rugged power forward who plays with a high motor. He rebounds well in his area, anticipates well to block shots and contest the rim and runs the floor like a deer. Bentil has improved his ability to put the ball on the floor on drives to the basket, finishes strong and is an excellent low post passer. Given space and time, he has good form on his jumper and can step out and hit fifteen foot jumpers.
Myers, told SNY.tv "He works extremely hard, he's one of the hardest working players out there. "He can shoot the ball extremely well. He's become a better passer. It's him defending the perimeter. Being more of a defensive player on the perimeter at 6-8. That's one of the things he's going to have to do at the next level."
Bentil spoke to Hoya247.com and commented, "Mostly it's about defense. I am kind of like a defensive player. My offense is going to take care of itself most of the time so I try to focus on defense. I like making the opponent uncomfortable and see them struggle to score the basketball."
Scout.com's Daniels had the opportunity to see Bentil a number of times over the past two summers, and posted these reviews:
Armour Hoop Group Pitt JamFest:
"It was a very impressive showing for Bentil in Pittsburgh. He is an athletic and strong power forward who also has some skill. Not too well known on a national level before the event, Bentil proved his is a capable power forward at the high-major level who not only can score down low, but also has the ability to rebound at a very high level. As he improves his face up jumper, Bentil will become even more difficult to defend."
Nike Elite 100:
"The buzz in the northeast about Bentil has been positive for the past few months and it didn't take long to see why. The 6-foot-8, strongly built power forward is a very good athlete that rebounds his area well. In camp, he showed he could knock down shots to 21-feet, but was also tough around the rim and played a physical brand of ball. July should be a big month for Bentil, as he'll likely turn into a priority recruit for many."
"A top 50 prospect, Bentil proved worthy of his ranking in a showdown with KC Run GMC. The 6-foot-8 power forward runs the floor with purpose, aggressively pursues rebounds and contests shots on the defensive end. For a stretch in the second half against the boys from Kansas City, Bentil scored at will, using his strength to gain position and scoring with his right hand."
Providence is now in a position where they can sign up to two more players. The Friars are certainly hot in pursuit of wing guard/forward Marial Shayok, a 6-7, 210 pounder out of Blair Academy in New Jersey. Shayok was on campus recently and reportedly loved his visit, and fellow Big Easter Marquette is also vying for his services.
Another name that recently surfaced and bears watching is 5-11 point guard Nate Mason, a Bryce Cotton-type shooter from Atlanta, Georgia. Mason would provide another ballhandling and shooting threat for a suddenly loaded Friar squad.
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