Friar Basketball

PC Closer to Landing Bentil?

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Ben Bentil, the 6’8 2014 power forward out of Delaware, is getting closer to making a decision on where he’ll attend college, and Providence appears to be in a solid position.

Bentil, who broke the news of his pending announcement via Twitter on Saturday, is a familiar name to Providence fans. The Friar coaching staff has been recruiting him for over a year, and many regard him as the highest priority recruit that PC is still pursuing.

For much of the fall Bentil had noted that Miami, Georgetown and Providence were among his leaders, and with both the Hoyas and Hurricanes receiving commitments from power forwards in recent weeks this appears to be a race that is coming down to Providence and Temple.

A commitment from Bentil would further cement a very good 2014 recruiting haul for Ed Cooley. Bentil is widely regarded as a top 100 prospect (despite sliding out of ESPN’s updated top 100 for 2014 last week) and his commitment would bump Providence’s class higher up the 2014 recruiting rankings. ESPN currently lists Providence’s 2014 class of Jalen Lindsey and Paschal Chukwu the 20th best group in the country and a verbal from Bentil would likely vault them into the top 15.

That class could rise even higher if Marial Shayok were also to commit.

The 6’6 wing from Canada was on campus this weekend and reportedly had a very positive visit to Providence. He’s long been thought to be a Marquette lean, which makes sense as he’s a prototypical Buzz Williams player, but PC has been involved for quite a while as Shayok was very impressive in front of their coaching staff at the National Prep School Invitational in Providence last February.

It was there that I got my first look at Shayok and I came away fairly enamored. Starring for a Blair Academy program that produced Loul Deng and Charlie Villanueava, Shayok looked somewhat like Deng, playing a physical brand of basketball in which he rebounded very, very well for a player his size, drew contact consistently and seemingly breezed by defenders. He’s 6’6, but feels 6’8.

Shayok is from a basketball family. His father, a Sudan native, played at Dayton, while both his brother and sister are D1 players.

If PC were to add Bentil and Shayok to Chukwu and Lindsey the Friars will continue to get bigger and more physical – and they’ll have a class that would certainly end the season in the top 15-20 recruiting groups in the nation at season’s end.

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  1. Carl

    September 30, 2013 at 1:56 am

    You guys have been doing a stellar job. I cancelled my ESPN insider once I found this site, and it’s looking like a good call every time I see great coverage like this.

    Keep up the great work fellas!

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