Ben Bentil Officially Joins Panathinaikos

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Shortly after agreeing to extend his contract with Peristeri Vikos Cola for another year, Ben Bentil’s contract was bought out by the reigning Greek Cup Champions, Panathinaikos.  Now, it’s finally official and Bentil will be joining the “Greens.”

Bentil will be following his head coach Argyris Pedoulakis from Peristeri to Panathinaikos as the duo will team up for the second season in a row.  The familiarity with each other should help with Bentil’s transition to his new team.

“It is a big honor and a blessing for me to play for such a big club with the history and success of Panathinaikos.  It is a big step for my career and the truth is that I can not wait to put on the team’s jersey.  I can not wait to face the best bigs of Europe and learn from my teammates.  Panathinaikos has the best fans in Europe. I look forward to fighting in the crowded OAKA and experiencing this amazing atmosphere.  I promise to give my best everyday that, along with my teammates, we continue to win titles for this great club.”

There are a couple of teammate names you might recognize on Panathinaikos:

1. Jimmer Fredette

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2. Tyrese Rice

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3. Nick Calathes

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4. Rion Brown

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5. Marcus Denmon

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6. DeShaun Thomas

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7. Ioannis Papapetrou

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8. Konstantinos Mitoglou

NCAA Basketball: Miami at Wake Forest

The majority of these guys have had stints in the NBA at one point or another and have now all found themselves on the same European squad.  Hopefully there are enough shots for Bentil on this team because those guards seem to be guys that enjoy shooting the rock.

Sean Kilpatrick was on the team last year but he’s not listed on the current roster so he might be taking his talents elsewhere, otherwise this would have basically been a College All-Star Team.

Here’s a quick look at Bentil’s professional stats across his last 4 seasons.

Season
Team
League
GP
MIN
FG%
3P%
FT%
TRB
AST
STL
BLK
PTS
16-17
Xinjiang 
CBA
11
20.9
.400
.479
.733
4.82
0.36
1.00
0.18
13.73
17-18
Chalons
Jeep Elite
20
25.0
.384
.260
.687
4.80
1.10
0.50
0.40
11.70
17-18
Bilbao 
CBA
12
12.7
.326
.188
.650
2.17
0.50
0.42
0.08
3.67
18-19
Peristeri 
HEBA A1
35
23.1
.459
.369
.741
6.69
0.97
0.89
0.49
12.5

To get ready for the upcoming season, Bentil headed back to Friartown to workout with a couple of other Friars legends…KD3, Buckets, and Ice.

Once a Friar, Always a Friar.

Family.

 

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