Bentil declares for NBA Draft; leaves option to return to PC

Providence's Ben Bentil (0) and Rodney Bullock (5) celebrate as Butler's Kellen Dunham (24) walks away during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game during the Big East men's tournament Thursday, March 10, 2016, in New York. Providence won 74-60. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — After a stellar season with the Friars, Providence College sophomore Ben Bentil has declared for the NBA Draft.

The school made the announcement Thursday, saying Bentil has not hired an agent. By not doing so, the 6-foot-9 forward will have the option to withdraw his name from the draft by May 25 and return for his junior season.

“I have decided to declare for the NBA Draft and go through the workout process over the next six weeks,” Bentil said in a statement. “I intend on staying in school this spring and finishing my sophomore year.”

A native of Wilmington, Del., Bentil led the Big East in scoring at 21.2 points per game and finished fourth in rebounding. He was named the Big East’s Most Improved Player and made the All-Big East First Team.

PC said Bentil broke the school’s record for most points in a game by a sophomore by putting up 42 against Marquette. His 738 points for the season is the highest by a Friar sophomore and good for sixth overall.

The Friars made the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season, defeating USC in the first round before being eliminated by top-seeded North Carolina.

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