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Friars snag another recruit

Monday, September 30, 2013

 

Ed Cooley's recruiting haul for 2014 just got a little bigger - literally.

6-8 230 pound power forward Ben Bentil, a native of Ghana from Middletown, DE and considered to be a Top 100 prep player nationally, has decided to attend Providence College and play for the Friars beginning in the fall of 2014, GoLocal Sports has learned.

Bentil, who is ranked as high as 74th nationally by Rivals.com (91st recently on ESPN.com, 82nd by Scout.com), becomes a third Top 100 recruit to decide on PC for next year...joining wing forward Jalen Lindsey and 7-2 center Paschal Chukwu as members of the Class of 2014.  6-5 transfer guard Junior Lomomba from Cleveland State, who is already enrolled in school and practicing with the team, is also considered part of this class that will begin their Friar careers next year.

Bentil selected PC over Temple, Georgetown and St. Joseph's, and also had recruiting visits with Miami and UCLA.  His AAU coach, Terrell 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 recently with a Georgetown website, Hoya247.com, and explained defense is his priority.  "Mostly it’s about defense," he said. "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."

Bentil averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior at St. Andrew's in Middletown, DE last year, and was named first-team all-state.  With his addition, PC's Class of '14 is expected to be ranked in the Top 15 nationally among college basketball programs. 

And the Friars may not yet be done with their recruiting for next season.

 

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Comments:

I met Coach Cooley for the first time yesterday and he is so energetic and exudes positive energy! He is very excited about his team and proud of the fact that ticket sales are up 37%. It is all him really, never ever could have dreamed that PC would attract this much talent and the kids love him for his honesty, organization and discipline. GO FRIARS!!!!

Comment #1 by Wally M on 2013 09 30

Cooley continues to impress. And more importantly he is doing it the right way. No shortcuts. He sells himself and his program. Granted, he hasn't won all of his recruiting battles; but when everything is said and done the program will be fully back under his watch.

Comment #2 by stephen macchioni on 2013 10 02




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