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Dentlinger signs on to play basketball at Wayne State

Nov 17, 2016
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Ben Dentlinger (middle) signs his letter of intent alongside his family and head coach Bryant Porter (left). Dentlinger committed to play basketball for Wayne State University in Wayne, Neb.

BY ANDY KRUTSINGER

Mt. Pleasant News

NEW LONDON — Star New London post Ben Dentlinger has made his decision.

Dentlinger signed his letter of intent on Wednesday evening in the New London gym to attend Wayne State University (NCAA Division II), where he will play basketball.

The Tiger senior said he was looking at three main colleges but in the end, Wayne State just stuck out.

“I was looking at Central, Wayne State and Wisconsin-Platteville,” Dentlinger said. “They were all about the same size and they all had what I wanted to go into for a field (Animal Sciences).”

Dentlinger, who is looking into becoming a veterinarian, visited the campus just last week.

“I visited them last Thursday and I really liked the campus,” he said. “They are making a lot of improvements. I really liked the team and coach.”

Dentlinger is the main post for the New London basketball team and will be playing a stretch-four spot at Wayne State.

He was New London’s second leading scorer in 2015-16, with 15.5 points per game. He also finished second in rebounds, with 200.

Dentlinger is a huge factor in the Tiger defense and is a true rim protector. In 2015, he finished the year with 88 blocks.

He will be joining a Warrior team that finished 7-18 overall in 2015-16 with a 7-15 conference record.

Coach Bryant Porter says he’s confident that Dentlinger can give a boost to the Wayne State team.

“All I can tell you is that kid has worked his butt off,” Porter said. “he’s gained some muscle, become more explosive, worked his butt off and now it paid off. We’re really proud of him.”

Porter says Dentlinger’s high school resume helped him land at a Division II school, which is quite a feat for a Class 1A athlete.

“What he did in the time he was here opened some eyes,” Porter said. “He did a lot of things for us, and he is going to do a lot of things for Wayne State. I have total confidence in him, and he’s a good kid.”

Dentlinger still has some work to do in his high school career. With high expectations for the Tiger boys’ basketball team in 2016-17, he and his teammates will be a team to keep an eye on this season.

 

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