Here are some Providence news and notes from the week, which includes news about a former Friar, a pair of official visitors, new 2019 offers and more.
Ben Bentil Heading to France
Former Friar Ben Bentil, who has been working out and taking classes at Providence this Summer, is taking his talents to France this season. He signed with Chalons-Reims in the French Pro A league after playing just 3 games with the San Antonio Spurs between the Las Vegas and Salt Lake City NBA Summer Leagues. Bentil played 3 games last season in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks during a 10-day contract after he returned from a stint in China that included 11 games with Xinjiang Guanghui in which Bentil averaged 13.7 points/game and 4.8 rebounds/game. Bentil scored 19 points in his preseason debut with Chalons-Reims on Thursday against Brussels.
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With the 51st pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics select…
Bentil is heading to Boston after the Celtic’s selected him 51st overall. Bentil becomes the 43rd player from Providence to be selected in the NBA Draft and his selection marks the 10th time Providence has had more than 1 player drafted in the same year. The last time Providence had two players taken in the same draft was 1997 when Austin Croshere went 12th overall and God Shammgod went 45th overall.
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Ed Cooley was this week’s guest on the “College Hoops Today” podcast with Jon Rothstein. Cooley talked about the excitement of having two players as possible first round picks in this week’s NBA Draft, what that means for the Providence program, the state of the Big East and much more. Cooley’s interview begins around the 8:26 mark.
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Providence Athletics will host an NBA Draft Watch Party on June 23rd at G Pub in downtown Providence, the department announced on it’s Twitter page. Providence has two players eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft and both appear to be locks to get drafted with Kris Dunn expected to be off the board sometime in the top 6 picks and Ben Bentil listed as a late First Round or early Second Round pick in most mock drafts.
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Providence will lose two players to the NBA Draft with sophomore Ben Bentil confirming on Sunday that he’s foregoing his remaining eligibility and will join teammate Kris Dunn as draft eligible underclassmen. It isn’t clear if Bentil has officially signed with an agent, but he presumably will soon now that he’s definitely leaving school. Bentil is being projected as a late first or early second round draft pick after a strong sophomore season in which he improved his scoring by nearly 15 points/game to lead the Big East at 21.1 points/game.
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The NBA’s 2016 Draft Combine began on Wednesday in Chicago with players being interviewed by teams and having their official measurements taken. Both Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil were among the 70+ players invited to this year’s combine. Dunn’s measurements aren’t likely to be much of a surprise as he was measured last summer while attending the Nike Skills Academy. Bentil, on the other hand, is a relative unknown from a measurables perspective, having never been officially measured at any camp or event like Dunn. Bentil was listed on Providence’s roster at 6’8 during his freshman campaign and grew an inch to 6’9 on the school’s listing this past season. Those may be official from a roster perspective, but they are not normally very scientific. Results of Wednesday’s measurements have hit the interweb and Bentil’s are likely to be viewed as mixed for the 21 year old from Ghana. Dunn’s measurements aren’t surprising but they are still impressive for a point guard, something I’ll get into later in the article.
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In more not-so-surprising news, Providence sophomore Ben Bentil will put his hat in the ring for the 2016 NBA Draft, per a report from Evan Daniels of Scout.com. The move shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone after Bentil had a breakout sophomore campaign that garnered him First Team All-Big East honors and the league’s Most Improved Player Award. Bentil will not hire an agent, per the report. The report was confirmed by Bentil via his own Twitter account.
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