Benedict Mathurin, a newbie already strengthened by life’s trials

There are those boys for whom basketball is a sanctuary, a way to overcome the trials that life constantly throws on a path already full of pitfalls. Benedict Mathurin has just been picked up by the Pacers in the Draft team, and it’s made of this wood. The Canadian is alive-skinned, a child who fate did not hesitate to take everything or almost. Now thankfully, it looks like the butt has weathered the storm for a while and can finally begin to think about her future more calmly. An opportunity to quickly return to the path of a player with a distant history, even very far from the standards.

Benedict Richard Felder Mathurin has a very elegant name. Well, unfortunately, this concerns the only positive point in the first years of a child’s life. Born to Haitian parents and raised in Tabarnac in North Montreal, Ben lives with his mother, brother, and sister. You don’t have to be a 7 families game expert to understand that there is a missing father figure in all this beautiful world. His father, Benedict, never knew him, and Felix Mathurin, that’s his name, would eventually die in 2013. Moreover, my mom was never more present for her children, due to the massive workload of supporting his family. To forget poverty and loneliness, the Mathurin brothers quickly plunged into basketball. From the age of six, Ben and his older brother, who were very close at the time, played day and night in singles games on the neighborhood playground. At the same time, their older sister opens the way to top-tier basketball, particularly by playing in the NCAA Division I. Benedict would later also tell that his brother and sister were his opponents in sports, largely responsible for the passion with which he would make his career. Hey back Pacers who took his older sister as inspiration, it reminds us very much of someone. I wish him such a wonderful career, even if we are not there yet.

Let’s go back to Benedict Mathurin, who saw his life change at just 12 years old. After that, Little Ben is at home, and is impatient to see his brother again, who will soon be back from school. In the end, Dominic will never come home. Hit by a car while on his bike, the 15-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries. A great shock to Benedict, who, besides losing his older brother, also lost a mentor, teacher, and ray of sunshine in a stormy life. It was decided, that Ben would never quit basketball again, and would fight to the end to fulfill his older brother’s dream, which is to play in the NBA. Without the support of her sister, who went to study 1,400 kilometers from Canada, the path is complicated. The kid has bad encounters, hangs out with hateful people but still gets spotted by searchlight from the Mexico City-based Latin American Basketball Academy while still in high school. In any case, the invitation to the orange ball is very strong and Benedict ends up accepting the invitation to study in Mexico. Ben does not speak the language but adapts quickly and eventually spends two years there before entering college.

When he left the academy, Mathurin received three fairly prestigious university offers. Dayton, Arizona, and Washington State. Finally, the Canadian chose the second option, and traveled to the United States. Since his first season with the Wildcats, Bennedict has shown great things. Sportsly speaking, the rear is much higher than the rest and does a lot of good off the bench. His stats are frankly honorable for student (11 points, 5 rebounds at 41% from afar in 25 minutes). After a successful first practice, Ben decided to sign his name in the 2021 draft, a name that would be drawn very quickly, due to uncertainty about his future in the NBA. After a nice break from the 2021 U19 World Cup with Canada, during which future player Besser and his friends won the bronze medal, Mathurin is back for one season with Arizona. The bet has been paid since the kid from Montreal rolled a Pac-12 to the MVP finishing point in his conference.

Same during March Madness, where BM carries wild cats to Sweet Sixteen, before Team Houston kicks him out but pretty much intruder. Thus, this defeat marks the end of the university adventure for Benedict Mathurin, who would have changed his dimensions in just two years. From Uncertain Hope, Baby moves on to confirmed player status and is announced in the top ten options of the 2022 draft. Statistically too, the lead is clear because the rear now collects roughly 18 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. Finally, you know the rest as we know Ben was picked up by Indiana in sixth place, he’s pretty good in the summer league and even allows himself some trash talk on a certain LeBron James. Hence, the meteoric rise of a boy has an extraordinary story whose following lines are supposed to be written before our eyes.

Benedict Mathurin probably has it all to be a part of the great stories of the NBA. Hardened by life and unyielding self-confidence, this boy may be one of the faces of the Canadian new wave currently sweeping the big league. Enough to give a smile to an Indiana franchise that promises next season to be complicated.

Text sources: Indystar / CBC / The National

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