NCB On The Trail: Ben Bentil

ESPN 100: The players who just missed 

January, 30, 2014
Here are 12 players who our scouting staff discussed in great detail as we assembled our updated ESPN 100 rankings. These players have played well and have had some outstanding performances but just missed the cut.

Kobe Eubanks
SG, 6-foot-5, 185 pounds
Centereach, N.Y./Our Savior
Recruiting Interest:
George Mason, Missouri State, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Central Florida

Eubanks has very good size for a wing. He is a terrific athlete, an excellent all-around scorer that also makes his presence known as a perimeter rebounder. He has played well this fall and winter, which earned him Top 100 consideration.

Providence class is official

November, 13, 2013
The Providence Friars announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

ESPN 100 C Paschal Chukwu (Westport, Conn./Fairfield College Prep), ESPN 100 SF Jalen Lindsey (Franklin, Tenn./Huntington Prep) and PF Ben Bentil (Middletown, Del./St. Andrew's) signed on with head coach Ed Cooley's 2014 class.

"Ben, Pashcal and Jalen will provide depth, length and athleticism to our team," Cooley said in a press release. "We feel that these three nationally ranked players will help us to continue to build our program towards achieving our ultimate goal."

Scout's take: Bentil to Providence 

September, 30, 2013
Three-star senior power forward Ben Bentil (Middletown, Del./St. Andrew’s) made a verbal commitment to Providence on Monday, joining a pair of ESPN 100 prospects in center Paschal Chukwu (Westport, Conn./Fairfield Prep) and small forward Jalen Lindsey (Franklin, Tenn./Huntington Prep) to complete the Friars' frontcourt of the future.

Why he committed: Ultimately, this was about two things: 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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Who just missed making ESPN 100 

September, 27, 2013
Here are 10 prospects that are very talented, tough, competitive and productive but just missed the cut in the ESPN 100 and have the potential to be excellent, immediate contributors at a major college and deserve to be recognized for the their high level of play.

Larry Austin (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier)
2014, PG, 6-1, 161 pounds -- Committed to Tennessee

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#AskCoachB: Malik-Abu or Bentil?

September, 6, 2013
Want to ask ESPN RecruitingNation national recruiting director Paul Biancardi a question about basketball recruiting? Tweet it to @PaulBiancardi using the hashtag #AskCoachB.

Great question, as both Abdul Malik-Abu and Ben Bentil are ESPN 100 recruits and terrific, prototypical power forwards who possess many similarities. First, they are both physically strong and powerful and play the game the same way -- with intensity and toughness. They understand who they are on the floor, which is so important to reaching one's potential. They are best in the paint and at the rim scoring with power, especially loud dunks, rebounding with two hands, defending and blocking shots.

Where the separation begins is that Malik-Abu has improved his skill level and can score now facing up to where he is a threat with a short jumper and even an occasional 3-pointer or drive from the high post.

Most coaches would love to be in the position to have either player. If I had to pick one for my team, it would be Malik-Abu because he is more productive due to his improved scoring skills.

Notebook: Rising PG likes Cardinal 

August, 23, 2013
This week’s notebook is a sprint. We go coast to coast with the recruitment of Robert Cartwright and show you which prospect has a special affinity for Florida -- the state, not just the school.

Cartwright settles on favorite
If July was the month Robert Cartwright went from West Coast wonder to more of a national presence, then August wasn’t too bad either as he made good on a late invite to Chris Paul’s Point Guard Academy.

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- For the second consecutive year, the “Live in the A.C.” event offered AAU and grassroots teams an East Coast alternative to the Las Vegas tournaments that have historically served as one of the pillars of the summer evaluation period.

When the balls stopped bouncing on Friday after three days of action, We-R-1 had captured the U17 championship with a win over Expressions Elite, while Team Final Blue held off CIA Bounce in the U16 final.

Here are some of the top performances and notable recruiting news from the event, which included ESPN 100 prospects like Abdul-Malik Abu and Jared Terrell and fast-rising ESPN 60 recruit Derrick Jones.

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