Ghana Forward Ben Bentil has stated his reason for leaving Providence College after just two years pointing to financial challenges can confirm.

He said this in a chat with the news outlet of his Alma matter after completing the truncated 2019-2020 season in Greece where he plays for A1 Basketball League giants Panathinaikos. He joined the team after a stellar season with Peristeri GS.

Prior to that, Bentil played two seasons at Providence before declaring for the NBA Draft and becoming a professional. He was drafted 51st overall by Boston Celtics to become the first Ghana-born player to make it to the NBA.

However, Bentil confessed in the interview he didn’t want to leave Providence after two years and wanted to complete College.

Chicago Bulls Point Guard Kris Dunn played with Bentil at Providence.

“I know this is the first time I’m saying this publicly, but I personally wanted to stay in Friartown.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep playing for PC because my family back in Ghana wasn’t in the best condition. It was a matter of helping my mother make ends meet. She sacrificed everything for me.  To see her suffer like that, I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to help some way, somehow. That’s why I left school” he said.

The 6 foot 8 inch Forward Sekondi native averaged 21.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in his final year at Providence and has played in Spain, France and China in his professional career.

ATHENS, GREECE – OCTOBER 03: Ben Bentil, #50 of Panathinaikos Opap Athens react during the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague match between Panathinaikos Opap Athens and Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade at Olympic Sports Center Athens on October 03, 2019 in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Panagiotis Moschandreou/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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