2020 wing Bennedict Mathurin has announced his intention to play college basketball at the University of Arizona. Considered a bit of a late bloomer, Mathurin did not have a ton of high major recruiting interest, but his recruitment picked up steam with Arizona and Baylor coming into the mix with offers fairly late in the game. As a player he brings a good foundation that Sean Miller will look to develop with size at 6’6″ being able to play multiple positions, and his athleticism is high level. His shot is a work in progress but has shown improvement, while in the open court and in transition he can be very effective for the Wildcats. The defensive side of the floor might be where he has the most potential, guarding multiple positions and a possible lock down defender on the perimeter.
Playing for the NBA Academy Latin America makes it a tougher for schools to evaluate his potential impact on their program, but watching his game you will get the sense that Arizona is getting a steal in Mathurin. Not a likely candidate to be a one and done, however it would not be a huge surprise to see him develop into a player that ends up on the professional level in some capacity. He is not ranked on Rivals or ESPN, while 247 Sports has him ranked at #72 in the class of 2020. With this addition Arizona now has two commitments in the class, providing some extra depth which is good for the program considering the talent loss that is expected following this season.