Ghanaian Forward Ben Bentil made history earlier today by becoming Ghana’s first player in the NBA following his selection in the draft by Boston Celtics. He was the 51st pick in the prestigious annual event which draws millions of viewers all over the world.
The 21 year old made a big splash in his second season at Providence College in the US by averaging 21 points and seven rebounds per game for the Friars. His excellent form resulted in he being named Most Improved Player and leading scorer in the Big East Conference.
Bentil’s ability to stretch the floor as a potent three point scorer and his elite athletic abilities, make him a tantalizing prospect for the Celtics. Despite his limited experience in the game due to a late introduction to the game, he has improved quickly.
This year’s draft had a strong representation from Africa with likes of Sudanese-born Thon Maker and Malian Chieck Diallo getting drafted in the first round. Bentil’s teammate Kris Dunn was picked by Minnesota Timberwolves at number five and has since been traded to Chicago Bulls with Zach LaVine for NBA All Star Jimmy Butler.
Australian Power Forward Ben Simmons was picked as overall number by Philadelphia Sixers.