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Bennedict Mathurin Scouting Report

Welcome to another Joey Barrett scouting report. I have been watching games and film all season and it is finally time to compile my thoughts into scouting reports, mock drafts, and more big boards. So far this draft cycle I have written six scouting reports, three big boards, and one mock draft which you can check out below.

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For my seventh scouting report, I’ll be doing polarizing future lottery pick…Bennedict Mathurin!

To see my overall thoughts, read until the end.

My Big Board Ranking as of 5/26: 6

Draft Night Age: 20.00Height: 6’6Weight: 205 lbsWingspan: 6’9
PPG: 17.7RPG: 5.6APG: 2.5SPG: 1.0
BPG: 0.3FG%: 45.03P%: 36.9FT%: 76.4
Stats via Tankathon

Most Impressive Stats

According to CBBAnalytics, Mathurin is the only wing prospect to average 15 points, 2 assists, less than 2 turnovers, and shot atleast 45% from the field

Was in the 99th percentile of fast break points per 40 minutes (5.1)

Strengths

  • Excellent shooter
    • Shot 41.8% on catch and shoot 3’s as a freshman and 38.3% as a sophmore
  • Young for a sophmore
    • Younger than Chet, TyTy, and Josh Minott
  • Has the tools and the potential to be a great defender
    • 6’6, 6’9 wingspan, and great feet
  • Smooth with the ball, slippery
  • Daring playmaker, has secondary playmaker potential
  • Incredibly fun in the fast break, high flyer that will catch oops or dunk on someone

Weaknesses

  • Not consistant on defense yet
  • Doesn’t project to be a lead playmaker
  • Needs to add weight, body does not obsorb contact well yet
  • Handle is flashy and slippery but needs to tighten up
  • Needs to improve shooting off the dribble

Best Potential Fits: Pistons, Trail Blazers, Knicks, Pelicans

Worst Potential Fits: Spurs, Thunder, Hornets, Kings (they will be on everybody’s list)

Shades Of: Klay Thimpson, DeMar DeRozan, Caris LeVert, Will Barton, Eric Gordon

Best Game: 12/21/21 @Tennessee

PointsReboundsAssistsStealsBlocksFG3PTFTTO
2885208/163/99/112

Worst Game: 2/5/22 Vs USC

PointsReboundsAssistsStealsBlocksFG3PTFTTO
842204/100/20/23

Best 5 Games Stretch: 12/8/21-12/22/21 Vs Wyoming, Northern Colorado, California Baptist @Illinois, Tennesseee

PointsReboundsAssistsStealsBlocksFG%3P%FT%TO
21.47.23.02.20.254.4%42.4%79.2%2.0

Overall Thoughts

Bennedict Mathurin is an interesting prospect because he is neither a certainty or a project but instead a little of both. On offense, Mathurin will begin his career as a shooter and will operate mostly off the catch and in transition but I believe Mathurin has some real upside as a ball handler. As he devolops Mathurin will become a good secondary ball handler and initiator for an offense. When the ball is in his hands Mathurin has Jordan Poole esk wiggle and elite athletiscm that allows him to get to the hoop well.

I am a much bigger believer in Mathurin’s defense that most. Mathurin has all tools to be a near elite player on the defensive end. Last season, Mathurin had defensive lapses off the ball and in pick and roll but I think once he is in an NBA system most of these issues will solve themselves. When he is locked on the defensive end, Mathurin does a great job getting in the passing lanes and turning defense into offense.

Mathurin is an exciting player because he has potential to become a star and reasonably will atleast be a good role player. Team workouts will be very important for Mathurin and will ultimately decide where he goes in the draft. Starting at the fourth pick I would consider Mathurin but would feel more comfortable taking him from the fifth pick on.

Career Projection: 1x All-Star, Career Starter, Averages 20 PPG Multiple Seasons

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