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CHICAGO -- Like every other player here at the NBA Draft Combine who has yet to sign with an agent, Ben Bentil would love a guarantee that someone will take him in the first round.

"A spot in the first round, knowing that I'm definitely going in the first round," Bentil said here Thursday. "It only takes one team to like you so that's what I'm trying to do."

Bentil, who measured here at 6-foot-8 1/4, impressed on Thursday, going for 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists in a 109-69 rout along with teammates Isaiah Whitehead, De'Andre Bembry, Malcolm Brogdon and Marcus Paige.

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Providence's Ben Bentil goes up against Butler's Tyler Wideman (4) to score two of his career-high 38 points. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Providence's Ben Bentil goes up against Butler's Tyler Wideman (4) to score two of his career-high 38 points. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK - At some point during Providence's 74-60 win over Butler Thursday afternoon in a Big East Tournament quarterfinal, Kris Dunn spoke up in a timeout huddle and asked where the Friars could throw Ben Bentil the ball next.

The way Ed Cooley told the story, the Friars coach didn't have much of an answer, so Dunn said just give it to Bentil, and the 6-foot-9 sophomore power forward would figure it out.

Dunn's plan worked out, because Bentil was unconscious Thursday afternoon, scoring 23 of his game-high 38 points in a variety of ways to lead Providence to victory. The 38 points are tied for the second-most in a Big East Tournament game.

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St. John's has yet to win a Big East contest this season and will take a 15-game losing streak into Saturday night's tilt with No. 1 Villanova at Wells Fargo Center.

Despite the long odds, Chris Mullin's team has an opportunity to pull off what would be a tremendous upset less than a week after the Wildcats (21-3, 11-1 Big East) were installed as the No. 1 team in the nation.

"I always talk about it being an opportunity," Mullin said Thursday on the Big East conference call. "That only comes if you play hard, unselfish, have good energy and are mentally focused on our game plan and know the personnel. Then you give yourself a chance to seize that opportunity. The preparation is so important leading up to the game. You have to put the work in to let yourself play free."

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Providence's Ben Bentil is the newest name to enter the 2017 NBA Mock Draft on DraftExpress.com.

The 6-foot-9 Bentil is a sophomore forward now slotted at No. 48.

The reigning Big East Player of the Week, Bentil went for 25 points and 6 rebounds on Tuesday night when No. 10 Providence lost at home to No. 7 Xavier, 75-68.

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