Benedict Mathurin – Canadian basketball player


Benedict Richard Felder Mathurin is a Canadian basketball player who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Mathurin was born on June 19, 2002. After a successful college basketball career with the Arizona Wildcats, the Indiana Pacers selected him sixth overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft. After his sophomore year of college, he was recognized as the top player in the Pac-12 conference and received consensual second-team All-American honors. After not dropping the Olympic squad, Mathurin represented Canada at the FIBA ​​U19 World Championships in Riga and Daugavpils, held in Latvia in 2021. He is also the first Montréal athlete ever to be selected by lottery for a professional sports team.


In 2018, Mathurin became the first Canadian-born player to attend the NBA Academy Latin America. The Academy is based in Mexico City. In a win against Oregon State on Jan. 14, he had 31 points and eight rebounds in the game’s final score of 98-64. Mathurin had a scoring average of 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He also had a three-point shooting percentage of 41.8 percent. Despite attracting attention as a draft opportunity, he decided to return for his sophomore year. On December 11, 2021, Benedict Mathurin led his team with 30 points scored to an 83-79 win over Illinois. He was also named the Pac-12 Conference’s Best Player.

Personal life

Benedict Mathurin is a descendant of Haitian ancestors. Jennifer, his older sister, was a college basketball player for North Carolina State. Mathurin lost his older brother, who was 15 at the time, in a bicycle accident when he was 12. Additionally, Creole, French and Spanish are among the languages ​​he is fluent in.


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