University of Ghana (UG) Coach Meme Falconer has stated toughness is the key trait that has Ben Bentil on the precipice of entering the NBA.
The former player who has guided UG to win the Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) and Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championships respectively this year made the statement in an exclusive interview with Basketballghana.com
Elaborating how Bentil made it to the top, Falconer, who according to Bentil, was responsible for introducing him to the sport, said Ben’s toughness made him standout from the other guys he mentored.
“He picked himself out from the rest. I picked a lot of guys and he got to where he is because he stuck with the program. He is like the 16th or 17th player that I have sent outside so far he is the one that stuck to the program”
“With him, he was tough and there is a certain look in his eye…I know his background, I know his family, I know where I got him from in Sekondi so basically he is my boy”.
Bentil is on the verge of getting drafted into the NBA following a breakout year where he averaged 21 points and seven rebounds per game on his way to winning the Most Improved Player and lead scorer in the Big East Conference.
The 21 year old Providence University Power Forward impressed in various drills at the Draft Combine leading to private workouts with Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets.