Mathurin’s draft stock rising in second year at Arizona
“I felt like coming out of the season I had to do it by myself, but it’s about trusting my teammates,” Mathurin said. “Trusting them that they can find me and I’m gonna find them. The goal is to win, so if I get 20 points or I score five points, all I want to do is win.”
Mathurin’s rise has moved him up from a possible late first-round NBA pick to a possible lottery pick.
SIZE: 6-foot-6, 210 pounds.
STATS: 18.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 51% shooting, 38% 3-pointers.
STRENGTHS: Supremely athletic, he plays well above the rim, can beat defenders off the dribble and is an excellent perimeter shooter. Long-armed and agile, he has the tools to be an excellent on-ball defender.
“Mathurin has terrific NBA 3 and D potential,” ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla said. “The Canadian is one of the best athletes in college basketball with a pure shooting stroke.”
WEAKNESSES: The knock on Mathurin coming out of high school was that he had a hard time finishing around the rim through contact. Added strength during the offseason has helped with that this year.
While Mathurin has the physical tools to be an elite defender, it doesn’t always show up on the court. He also could improve on pick-and-roll decisions.
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