Delaware sophomore has bright future

Delaware sophomore has bright future

St. Andrew's School, in Middletown, Delaware, has a pair of impressive sophomores in guard Austin Tilghman and forward Ben Bentil. Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with St. Andrew's head coach Terrell Myers about both players. Today's feature focuses on Ben Bentil, who despite being only a sophomore, is making quite a name for himself.

Ben Bentil, who checks in at a strong, muscular-beyond-his-years, 6'8, is already widely regarded as one of the best prospects in the region in the class of 2014. St. Andrew's head man Terrell Myers spoke to Hawk Hill Hardwood about his star forward.

"He's right around 6'8, and he may grow another inch or two, or maybe he won't," Myers began. "My job with him is to not only make him the best high school player he can be, but to also prepare him, get him ready for, college." Due to Ben's sheer size and strength, he would be nearly impossible at the high school level, on almost any night in Delaware, to stop. That's not exactly how his coach utilizes the big man, who also just happens to be one of the best high school soccer players in Delaware as well.

"In college, he's not going to be a 5," Myers stated. "He's probably going to be a 4/3, inside-outside type of player. We have him bringing the ball up, pulling up off the dribble, and starting the break off the defensive rebound."

A native of Ghana, Bentil spent his freshman year at The Haverford School before making the move down to St. Andrew's, a small boarding school in Delaware. At St. Andrew's, Bentil stars both on the hardwood and on the soccer field, utilizing his tremendous athleticism in both sports.

At a chiseled 6'8, Bentil has the physical attributes to be a big-time basketball prospect. He is not basking in his glory though, or reading his paper clippings, which are starting to pile up. According to Coach Myers, Ben's two greatest attributes are "his motor and his will." Myers described Bentil as a player "who just wants it" and who "has an old-school work ethic." He went on, saying "Ben is relentless, and just wants to get better. He is up and training at 5:30 in the morning."

As he currently stands, Ben Bentil is a thoroughly impressive prospect who is already drawing swarms of crowds and comparisons. As good as he is now, Myers feels that "his upside is just tremendous." He brought that point home citing the following example. "A coach from a Big East school was in recently and compared Ben to (current Chicago Bull) Luol Deng."

His strong play has earned him significant college interest from a plethora of Big East and Atlantic 10 schools. His impressive play this high school season comes on the heels of a terrific spring and summer. This multi-sport athlete will certainly have quite a number of options when it comes to college. For the time being, he is just dedicated to bettering his own game and continuing to win at St. Andrew's.

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