The draft is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all professional athletes. Bennedict Mathurin is about to experience his and contemplates every minute of this long process.
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It is on June 23 that the Montrealer will have the opportunity to hear his name resound in the heights of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, during the NBA draft. According to several observers, Mathurin should be selected around 10me range. Some see him chosen by the San Antonio Spurs, the Washington Wizards or the New York Knicks.
In mid-May, Mathurin participated in the hope assessment session. He was also able to discuss with the leaders of a dozen NBA teams.
A lot has happened since the beginning of the season. He and his University of Arizona Wildcats teammates dominated in the “regular” season, fell early in March Madness when they were the top seed, was picked on several all-star teams, and has been interviewed for the draft.
“A lot of things are coming up, but I always wanted to be drafted into the NBA. I take the time to savor all the moments that are available for me to enjoy them,” the 19-year-old athlete said at a press conference Tuesday noon.
It also takes this opportunity to store as much information as possible, so that it can be relayed, if necessary, to future applicants years from now. “It also educates me, because I hope there are other players from Montreal who will be drafted and I will be able to help them when their time comes. »
Make it better today for tomorrow
Mathurin has received a lot of attention in recent months, and with good reason. In 37 games this season he averaged 17.7 points per game, became a more complete player in both areas and made headlines with math stunners who repeatedly played on the various sports channels.
The Québécois imposes for his stature, but also for the maturity that he exudes. Mathurin has the potential to become a star player in the best basketball league in the world. Although he is not yet, he is already thinking about the impact he could have and that is what has motivated him the most during the last season.
Coming from an underprivileged background where success doesn’t come easily, the Montreal North player has done his best to succeed and achieve his dream. What he will do in the next few months.
However, he doesn’t want to be a seraph and keep everything to himself. Mathurin has every intention of giving back, starting today.
“There is no one who can tell me that making the NBA was possible when I was younger. »
That’s why he wants to be that person for the young people in his neighborhood.
“Coming from North Montreal, I had a lot of trouble growing up. That’s why I want to help young people play sports in North Montreal,” she added.
Mathurin has grown up and is ready for his life to change completely. In addition to wearing the uniform of an NBA team, he also dreams of building a school for the youth of his hometown.
Meanwhile, he focuses on a crucial stage in his life as an athlete. He is part of a movement of Canadian players shining and inspiring a new generation. With Chris Boucher and Luguentz Dort, he makes the NBA dream tangible. Now it’s up to him to show that it is also possible to become an impact player and that he can make a difference, on all fronts.