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Friday, November 18, 2016


Bentil leaving NBA D-League

Former Providence College basketball star Ben Bentil is leaving the NBA D- League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants and is heading overseas, according to WANE-TV. 

According to WANE-TV, Bentil has signed a “lucrative” 60-day contract to play overseas, but is expected to return tot he D-League once the contract is up. 

Bentil has played one game with the Mad Ants, their season opener, where he scored 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. 

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Bentil’s Road 

After leaving Providence College, Bentil was a second round draft pick (51st overall) by the Boston Celtics and appeared in three preseason games before being waived on October 21. 

Three days later, Bentil was signed by the Indiana Pacers and immediately sent to their D-League franchise, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. 

Bentil at Providence 

At PC, after averaging just 6.4 points per game as a freshman, Bentil averaged 21.2 points per game overall and 22.9 points per game in conference play, making him the leading scorer in the Big East. 

Bentil is the seventh Friar all-time to lead the league in scoring and the fourth Friar in the last six seasons to do it.

Bentil was named the Big East's Most Improved Player, joining Kadeem Batts (2013) and Herbert Hill (2007) as Friar recipients of the Big East Most Improved Player Award.


Related Slideshow: PC Basketball’s Comings and Goings

* The lists (gone and coming) are in order starting with the most recent player to leave or announce that he is coming. 

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Ben Bentil 

Ben Bentil declared for the 2016 NBA Draft after being named the Big East's Most Improved Player in 2015-16. 

After averaging just 6.4 points per game as a freshman, Ben Bentil averaged 21.2 points per game overall and 22.9 points per game in conference play, making him the leading scorer in the Big East. 

Bentil is the 7th Friar all-time to lead the league in scoring and the fourth Friar in the last six seasons to do it.

Bentil was named the Big East's Most Improved Player, joining  Kadeem Batts (2013) and Herbert Hill (2007) as Friar recipients of the Big East Most Improved Player Award.

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Tyree Chambers 

Tyree Chambers announced that he was leaving the program at the beginning of May. His departure marked the second player to leave the program in a week. 

In 2015-16, Chambers averaged 0.2 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game while playing an average of 2.4 minutes per game. Chambers played only 24 minutes the entire season. 

In 2014-15, Chambers missed the first ten games due to a leg injury and upon his return only played 5 minutes the entire season. 

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Quadree Smith 

Quadree Smith announced that he was leaving the program in early May. 

Smith played in 19 games and averaged 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds per game for the Friars. Smith will have three years of eligibility remaining. 

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Junior Lomomba 

Junior Lomomba graduated from Providence College in May of 2016 and decided to not return for his final season of eligibility. He has since announced that he is headed to Western Kentucky. 

“We want to wish Junior all the best in his future plans. Junior provided so much to the program over the last three seasons. His leadership and work ethic were integral to our team’s success. We appreciate all his contributions to Friar basketball,” said PC Head Coach Ed Cooley. 

In 2015-16, he averaged 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds nd 1.9 assists in 24.4 minutes per game. 

Lomomba played 16 minutes in each of PC's two NCAA Tournament games and scored 2 points and pulled down three rebounds combined in the two games.  

Lomomba came to Providence after one season at Cleveland State and played 66 career games for the Friars, helping them reach three straight NCAA Tournaments. 

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Kris Dunn 

Kris Dunn graduated from Providence College in 2016 and has entered the NBA Draft with one year of eligibility remaining. Dunn skipped out on the NBA Draft after his junior season, returning to school instead. 

In his senior season, Dunn averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game, leading the Friars to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a redshirt junior.

Dunn was named the Big East Player of the Year and the Defensive Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons.

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Paschal Chukwu

Sophomore 7'2" center Paschal Chukwu transferred to Syracuse prior to the 2015-16 season

In one season with Providence, Chukwu averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 29 games along with totaling 23 blocked shots on the season. 

Chukwu averaged 10 minutes per game for the Friars. 

Chukwu sat out the 2015-16 season with the Orange and will be eligible to play in 2016-17. 

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Ricky Ledo 

Okay, it's a bit of a long shot, however, Ricky Ledo would have been eligible to play during the 2016-17 season with an academic redshirt after he was ineligible to play during is freshman season, 2012-13. 

Ledo opted to go to the NBA Draft

In April of 2016, Ledo signed with Santeros de Aguada of the Puerto Rican League but was waived on May 12. 

Prior to that, Ledo played for the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League where he made the All-Star team in 2016 after averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 30 minutes a game in 30 games. 

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Kalif Young 

Most recently (as of 5-24-2016) PC got a commitment from canadian forward Kalif Young. 

Rivals.com ranks Young as a 3 star recruit. 

Young will join newcomers Maliek White, Alpha Diallo and Emmitt Holt on the court this season. Isaiah Jackson will also be eligible to play after sitting out last season due to transfer rules. He came over from George Mason. 

The Friars have one scholarship remaining for the 2016-17 season but are booked for 2017-18. 

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Alpha Diallo

The Friars got a commitment from top 100 recruit Alpha Diallo a 6'6" wing player from Brewster Academy. 

Diallo is ranked 95th in ESPN's Top 100 for the Class of 2016. Last summer, Diallo played with the Colorado Hawks on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit where he averred 13.7 points, 6.8 rebounds  per game in 12 games. 

Diallo also played for team Africa in the Adidas Nations where he averaged 20.5 points and 10.7 rebounds in six games. 

Diallo was also recruited by Indiana, Florida, Miami, Seton Hall, Connecticut and VCU amongst others.

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Emmitt Holt

In April of 2016, PC landed junior college transfer Emmitt Holt from Iowa's Indian Hills Community College. 

Holt is a 6'8" forward who will have two years of eligibility at PC and is available immediately. He is a native of Webster, New York. 

Holt played for the Indiana Hoosiers during the 2014-15 season where he averaged 3.6 points and 3 rebounds per game before being dismissed from the school after multiple off the court issues. 

Holt's Off the Court Issues   

According to reports, Holt was dismissed after he was cited for illegal possession of alcohol just ten months after hitting a teammate with a car after drinking. 

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Maliek White 

Providence got a commitment in November of 2015 from four star recruit Maliek White a guard from Virginia. 

White is a 6'2," 170  pound guard who plays for George Wythe High School in Richmond under head coach Willard Coker.

White is rated as a four star recruit and the 28th best point guard in the country by Scout.com. ESPN.com ranks White as the 31st best point guard in the country and ninth best player in Virginia. \

White led George Wythe to the state title in 2015, averaging 30 points, five rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 65 percent from the field, including 54 percent from three-point land. 

White was named the 3A-East Region Player of the Year and Conference 26 Player of the year. 

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Isaiah Jackson 

Forward Isaiah Jackson transferred to Providence from George Mason prior to this past season (2015-16). After sitting out this past season, Jackson will be eligible to play for PC this season. 

In his freshman season at George Mason, Jackson averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 rebounds while played 26 minutes per game. 

Jackson has three years of eligibility left for Providence. 


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