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Zenit St. Petersburg rumoured to be interested in Ben Bentil

Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg Basketball Club reportedly has interest in acquiring the services of Ghanaian Power Forward Ben Bentil.

Media reports indicate St. Petersburg are looking to bring in the 6 foot 8 inch player for the 2022-2023 Season.

Bentil is a free agent in the wake of his exit from Italian side Olimpia Milano and news of Zenit’s interest in the former Dallas Mavericks player was reported by SDNA.

Bentil (extreme left) celebrates title win with teammates Photo Courtesy: Milano

In his near season long stay with Milano, Bentil helped Milano win the 2021-2022 Italian Serie A title and the League Cup; Milano made it to the Euroleague quarterfinals.

Due to the ban on Russian clubs competing in international competitions by FIBA, Zenit is eligible to compete only in the domestic basketball league-VTB.

The 2016 NBA Draft 51st overall pick averaged nine points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 29 league games including the playoffs. In the Euroleague, he averaged five points and 2.4 rebounds in 15 minutes across 23 games.

A move to Russia would mark a new playing destination for Bentil in his professional career after competing in leagues in Spain, France, Greece and brief stints in Turkey and China.Bentil (topless) back row celebrates Panathinaikos league title win in Greece Photo Courtesy: Panathinaikos

Credit: Yaw Adjei-Mintah

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