July 25, 2012
Ben Bentil Oozes Potential
After a busy month of traveling across the country to play in AAU competitions, it takes perspective to see just how far four-star 2014 center Ben Bentil has come. Bentil's coach from both his Middletown (DE) Saint Andrews HS and WE-R1 club team, Terrell Meyers, seems to understand it though.
"Ben is really coming along well as a player," Meyers told MusketeerScoop,
"We have to remember that he hasn't been
around the game that long."
A native of Ghana, Bentil's original sport doesn't even allow players to use their hands. Bentil grew up playing soccer, and to this day is still an avid player; earning first team all-state honors this past year in Delaware as a sophomore.
But as the young star continued to grow, Bentil is now 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds, he slowly started to become more and more interested in basketball. That newfound love for the game has paid great dividends in July, as more and more colleges are falling in love with the potential of the rising junior center.
Currently ranked #36 in the 2014 Rivals100, Bentil isn't underrated, just still developing. It's how far he has to go that has schools interested in him right now.
"Temple, Saint Joe's, Villanova, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, LaSalle, and Providence are some of the schools that have offered Ben so far," Meyers said.
"Over the weekend Coach Mack from Xavier called and offered as well. Ben doesn't really know about the recruiting process or many of the schools that are recruiting him so far; but he's always happy that another offer came in."
Right now Bentil and Coach Meyers aren't too worried about his recruitment, which Meyers believes will begin to steadily increase naturally as Bentil improves his skills.
"We won't even start focusing on recruiting until about a year from now. Being from another country he doesn't understand the process yet. We're focused on developing his skills and his knowledge of the game."
With Texas, Baylor, Indiana, and North Carolina State also showing interest; Meyers seems to know what he's talking about.
In describing the 6-foot-8 postman's game Meyers says that, "(Ben) has an ggressive mentality, a non-stop motor, he can defend the paint, shoot it out to 15 feet, has a nice jump hook, passes it well for a big guy, and is starting to develop a handle."
With the Musketeers involved relatively early in Bentil's recruitment, they could very well stand near the top once he begins to narrow down his choices next spring.
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