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Transylvania signs 7-year-old Lexington native as newest basketball recruit through Team Impact

On the same floor where Transylvania University practices and plays, the Pioneers men’s basketball team on Monday signed its newest recruit: a 7-year-old from Lexington with big dreams.

Bentley Barber was matched with the Pioneers by Team Impact, a national organization that connects children battling serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams.

Bentley Barber (center) signed with the Transylvania Pioneers through Team Impact. (Transylvania photo)

At Monday’s draft day ceremony, Brantley signed a letter of intent, making him officially a Pioneer. His involvement with the team includes attending some practices, games and interacting with players. He’s the first young player to sign with Transylvania Athletics through Team Impact.

Based in Massachusetts, Team Impact connects children and colleges to foster positive relationships for all those participating. According to the Team Impact website, “The program is not ‘one size fits all;’ it’s tailored to each child’s individual needs. A child does not need to play (or love) sports to be involved in the program; the benefits are directly tied to healthy social and emotional development.”

Among those welcoming Bentley at the event was Brian Lane, who is in his 19th season as head coach of the Transylvania men’s basketball team. Also in attendance were Bentley’s new teammates, who racked up a win over Defiance College this past weekend and head to Indiana to take on the Hanover College Panthers this Wednesday.

From Transylvania University

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