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Ben Bentil is planning several visits — official and unofficial — during September.
He will take an official to Miami the weekend of Sept. 12 and is still deciding when to visit Georgetown, We R 1 coach Terrell Myers told SNY.tv. The 6-foot-8 Bentil out of Middletown (DE) St. Andrew’s will also take an unofficial to Providence.
He also recently took an unofficial to Temple.
St. Joe’s, Xavier and Rutgers are also in the mix, Myers said.
Speaking to SNY.tv last month, Bentil said of Georgetown: “It’s a great school. First of all, my academics is most important. Basketball will take care of itself. Basketball is not a guarantee, so every school I think is a great program. I just look for a better academic program, and the basketball will take care of itself.”
On Miami, he said, “Great place. Great environment. Great academics.”
On Providence, “Same things. They’re all great schools.”
Bentil is a powerful four man who can transition into a three.
“He works extremely hard, he’s one of the hardest working players out there,” Myers told SNY.tv.
“He can shoot the ball extremely well. He’s become a better passer. It’s him defending the perimeter. Being more of a defensive player on the perimeter at 6-8. That’s one of the thing she’s going to have to do at the next level. He’s a four-three, but as he develops I think he’s going to be a three because he’s a tough kid that doesn’t mind defending.
“He came over here as a raw five and you can see the work he’s put in in three years. With him working, I think he’s going to be a three for somebody’s team and really helping out.”
As far as a timetable Myers said, “We’re going to set up some visits in August and hopefully make a decision by September.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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