Providence junior Rodney Bullock put his name into the NBA Draft to test the waters at the end of March. On Monday, Jon Rothstein reported that Bullock will return to Providence for his senior season. Bullock became the first Providence player who took advantage of the new rule allowing players to declare for the NBA Draft without an agent and then return to school. Ben Bentil declared for the 2016 draft without an agent but eventually opted to sign with one and keep his name in past the deadline to return. Bentil was drafted 51st overall in 2016 by the Boston Celtics.
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.
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 news that Providence fans have been waiting for since their season ended in Columbus, OH on March 20th has broken. Kris Dunn will return to Providence for his junior season instead of entering the 2015 NBA Draft, according to a report by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowki. The 21-year old Dunn has two years of eligibility remaining due to a medical redshirt granted for the 2013-14 season when Dunn played in just 4 games. Dunn was being projected as high as 13 by DraftExpress.com and 10th by Sam Vecenie of CBSSports.com. A formal announcement is expected soon, per Wojnarowski. A good place for that formal announcement may be the team’s end of season banquet on Saturday at the Omni Hotel in Providence.
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