BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Draped in the red and gold flag of his native Ghana, Ben Bentil enjoyed his draft night moment at about Midnight Thursday.
Bentil, the sophomore who chose to leave Providence College after leading the Big East in scoring, waited much too long for his liking but was eventually selected 51st overall by the Celtics.
He’s one of eight Celtics draftees but while some of Danny Ainge’s picks won’t be in Boston this summer, Bentil says he’s ready to compete for a job on the roster as soon as the summer league schedule begins next month.
“Things didn’t go the right way,” Bentil said, “but God has a plan. It’s all about an opportunity. Whatever chance you get, whether it’s the first round or second round, you have to take advantage of the opportunity. I’m glad I got one.”
Bentil worked out for more than 10 NBA teams in the two months since he decided to leave PC early. He did not, however, take part in any workouts with the Celtics.
“It’s home. New England is home for me,” Bentil said. “Providence is right there. But at the end of the day I’m very grateful for the opportunity. I just needed a chance.”
Bentil said he was proud to have his mother, Faustina, in the United States from Ghana for the first time. “It was very special. She had no idea what was going on but I’m just trying to make her proud,” he said.