Providence University’s Ben Bentil has been invited to the NBA Draft Combine ahead of the main draft which is scheduled to take place on June 23 this year at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The 6 foot 9 inch Power Forward and Big East Conference Most Improved Player is one of 62 prospects who will go through several organized drills before dozens of NBA Team Managers, Executives and Scouts to showcase their skills firsthand.
The Ghanaian Forward who emigrated to the United States aged 15, had an outstanding year for the Friars where his production and minutes spiked from 6.4 points and 21.5 minutes per game to 21.1 points and 34.2 minutes per game respectively.
His improved form culminated in he emerging the top scorer in the Big East Conference and leading Providence alongside Point Guard Kris Dunn, to a second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Dunn is projected to be drafted in the top 10.
Bentil on the other hand will need to impress in the combine to improve his position in the draft. He is projected to be drafted 41 according to nbadraft.net. Draftexpress.com sticks him at the 52nd slot which is owned by Utah Jazz.
Ghana’s other NBA prospect; Amida Brimah of University of Connecticut, though invited will not compete in the combine and is likely not to be drafted this year.
The NBA Draft Combine is an annual event before the main draft where prospects go through series of athletic test. An athlete’s performance in the combine can go influence his position on the rankings.