ben bentilBen Bentil, a 2014 forward out of Saint Andrew’s High School in Delaware, has committed to Providence, according to his Twitter account.

“I’ve decided to go Providence College (FRIAR NATION),” Bentil tweeted.

Bentil, who is ranked the #1 player in Delaware by 247 Sports, also held offers from Georgetown, Miami, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Joseph’s, Temple, UCLA and Villanova. However, his three top schools were Temple, Miami and Providence.

After Miami picked up two big time front court recruits, Bentil decided to cancel his upcoming visit to the Sunshine State and make his decision right away. So, Providence was the frontrunner, and Temple was the dark horse in this recruiting race.

Although Temple missed out on Bentil, the Owls did have 2014 Point Pleasant High School (N.J.) forward Dom Uhl in for a visit over the weekend, who is one of the most highly regarded recruits in the Jersey Shore area.

Uhl holds offers from Boston College (visited on September 7), Iowa (visited on September 19), Miami, Minnesota, Fairfield, George Mason, Maryland, Northwester, Penn State and Vanderbilt. However, it is beginning to sound like Uhl will decide between Temple, Iowa and Boston College.

Alike Bentil, Uhl had to deal with Miami landing two big time frontcourt recruits. Shortly after hearing that news, Uhl cancelled his visit to MIami for this weekend.

Uhl plans on committing well before the high school basketball season begins, and will likely commit by October 11th, according to SNY’s Adam Zagoria.

Bentil saw Providence as a program on the rise, and the Friars had immediate minutes to offer him next year.

The fact that Miami and Georgetown both landed other prospects up front certainly didn’t hurt the Friars’ chances, but ultimately this is yet another example of how dynamic head coach Ed Cooley can be on the recruiting trail when he locks in on a target.



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