• Pro Insight

Bennedict Mathurin

Updated: Apr 11


Credit: NBA Academy


For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present NBA Academy Latin America guard Bennedict Mathurin, from Montreal, Quebec:


Pro Insight: Prior to NBA academy where were you playing and how did you come into this opportunity?


Bennedict Mathurin: I was playing at nationals for Team Quebec and I was playing a really good game and there was a coach there that pulled me aside and said “hey, if a train passes by you have to get on it,” and I didn’t know what he meant at first. Then, a couple weeks later I got a call and it was an invitation to the NBA Academy.


PI: Where are you playing with them right now?


BM: In Mexico City.


PI: How do you like Mexico City?


BM: It’s really cool. People over there only speak Spanish so it was hard, at first. There’s a lot of tacos and burritos, so I’ve been eating good.


PI: Is the food better in Mexico or back home in Quebec?


BM: Quebec.


PI: How many languages do you speak?


BM: Three-and-a-half. French, English, Creole and a little bit of Spanish now that I’ve been living in Mexico City.


PI: How was your experience with NBA Academy been so far?


BM: I think it’s been a really good experience because ever since I got here I’ve improved a lot and I’ve matured a lot as a person.


PI: What are the most important things you’ll be taking away from your experience with NBA Academy?


BM: First, it’s a great opportunity because I get to inspire kids at home in Quebec. I come from a neighborhood in Montreal that is a bit tougher so for people to see me will inspire young people. Second, it is a good opportunity because I get to play in front of college coaches which I wouldn’t have gotten this opportunity otherwise. Lastly, I am grateful because I know these coaches care about me and they believe in me.


PI: For those that don’t know your game, describe your game? First talk about your strengths


BM: My strengths are my ability to penetrate, I can also shoot well, and I am very athletic, also.


PI: How about your weaknesses?


BM: My free throws. I should also improve my defense and my communication on defense and become a better leader.


PI: What is the most underrated part of your game?


BM: My bounce.


PI: What position do you view yourself?


BM: Guard. Either a 1 or a 2.


PI: What type of system do you enjoy playing in most?


BM: A system that’s fast. I like to push the ball.


PI: What’s your high school class?


BM: If I was in Canada I was supposed to be 2021, but I’m 2020 here.


PI: Of all the opponents you’ve played recently, who’s been the toughest to matchup with?


BM: Oumar Ballo.


PI: How come?


BM: He is really strong and is 6’11. He’s tough to score over!


PI: Did anyone in particular stand out to you at the NBA Academy event in Atlanta?


BM: Blake Jones from Australia. I saw him play and I was impressed.


PI: What does he do well?


BM: He shoots the ball and does the simple stuff like make layups and make plays on defense.


PI: Let’s talk about your goals.


BM: Long term, I want to be a pro player and get to the NBA if I can. Short term, I want to be the best player on my team. I want to get better every day and be a good teammate and be like a big brother to my teammates.


PI: What’s your jersey number?


BM: #11 and #0.


PI: Is there a story behind either?


BM: I want to be better than number-one and zero is higher than one, so that’s why I’ve chosen #0. #11 is for my brother – to honor him.


PI: Are you planning on going to college?


BM: It’s always been my dream to play in college because my sister always motivated me to go to college and to continue my studies.


PI: What’s important to you as you choose a college?


BM: A place where I can play my type of game and have a good relationship with the coaches and the players.


PI: Name three words that best describe you.


BM: Smiley, positive, generous.


PI: Do you watch more college or NBA basketball?


BM: NBA.


PI: What do you look for when you watch?


BM: How the players react to different situations, to different calls and when they miss a shot if they complain if there is a foul or not.


PI: Why do you look for that?


BM: Because I sometimes do it. I need to look at them and learn from them on how they react.


PI: Which player do you model your game after?


BM: After myself. I am original.


PI: What does Bennedict Mathurin bring to the team regardless of the situation? On or off the court?


BM: Off the court, I try to bring chemistry and that we are together and a family. On the court, I want to be a leader and help my teammates when they are feeling down.


PI: What has been a defining moment in your life and why has it stuck with you and what did you learn from it?


BM: My brother has made me want to become the man of the house and help with mom and be more mature and step up. My brother died when I was 14.


PI: Who is the biggest motivation in your life?


BM: My brother.


PI: Can you talk a little bit about your family and what they mean to you?


BM: My brother is my motivation – like when I wake up, I think “this day is for him and I am going to live like you would.” My mom and my sister are really important to me. I want to be the best I can be for them and give them what they deserve.


PI: Older sister? You’re the youngest of 3?


BM: Yes.


PI: All in Quebec?


BM: My sister is in North Carolina. Raleigh. She played basketball at NC State.


PI: Who’s better? How many letters is she giving you in H.O.R.S.E.?


BM: I am better. I would only get “H” if we played.


PI: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?


BM: Don’t do things for other people, do them for yourself.


PI: At the end of the day what do you want to be remembered for?


BM: I want to be remembered for who I am: for my accomplishments and for what I am doing good like helping younger people and how I learn and mature from the bad things.

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