Ben Bentil is first Ghanaian to be drafted into NBA

Ben Bentil is first Ghanaian to be drafted into NBA

Ghanaian born basketball player Ben Bentil, has been drafted into the NBA on Friday night in the United States of America.

Ben Bentil is first Ghanaian to be drafted into NBA

The Providence forward was the 51st pick for Celtics ahead of the 2016/2017 NBA regular season.

Bentil is reported to have been better than his teammate Kris Dunn at times last season, averaging 21.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The 21-year-old scores at all levels of the floor, he is a great ball handler for his size, and is quite mobile. He really embodies the qualities teams look for in a modern day big man, though he needs to refine his game.

Ben Bentil is first Ghanaian to be drafted into NBA

Bentil is extremely raw though but he didn’t start playing basketball until his late teens and has poor feel for the game. He’ll need to improve his screening, passing, and decision-making before he can play consistently.

It’s more realistic for Bentil to be a contributor to the Maine Red Claws at this stage of his career, though he could very well still sign an NBA contract with the Cetics.

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