On Saturday night a little birdie that usually knows things told me that Georgetown has "pulled off" of the recruitment of Class of 2014 forward Paul White. This news was a bit surprising, as we all know that Georgetown had been recruiting White heavily throughout the July period and White was apparently down to Georgetown or Arizona. Naturally my first reaction was to tell this birdie that he was an idiot, which he very well might turn out to be.
However, there are a couple of factors that lend some credence to this rumor. First, White unfortunately broke his arm in July. While my first reaction to his injury was selfishly more akin to "good, this will cause Arizona to look elsewhere," the reality is that the injury may have forced him to delay his commitment decision as teams likely want to see how he recovers and gets back into basketball form. Second, and perhaps more important for Georgetown, is that with one scholarship likely earmarked for a '14 forward, fellow Top 100 forward Ben Bentil has a similar skillset and appears to be a heavy Georgetown lean. Moreover, Bentil may pop for Georgetown within the next couple of months.
Who is Ben Bentil? Well, let's take a look! Here is a feature on Bentil by Georgetown recruiting site Hoyas 247:
Ben Bentil told 247Sports Jerry Meyer recently that Georgetown and Providence are recruiting him the hardest at this point. Bentil is a four-star recruit and the 74th ranked prospect in the '14 class per the 247Composite. He is considered to be the 17th best PF prospect in his class and the top rated recruit in the state of Delaware.
There are more than just a few quotes in the above that stand out to me, but a kid who can hoop that also emphasizes academics sounds right in Georgetown's wheelhouse. Speaking of hoops, check out some highlights of Bentil below.
While it's tough to measure what his impact might be at Georgetown based on a highlight video set to some mean beats, Bentil's commitment to defense, his physicality, surprising shooting ability from the perimeter and what appears to be nice passing touch makes me want to give him a big hug and welcome him to the Hilltop immediately.
A Class of 2014 that includes Isaac Copeland, Tre Campbell, LJ Peak, Bentil and the big dog Elbert Robinson would make me very happy. Like really, really happy. No, really. Like really very extremely happy.