Bennedict Mathurin: Family, Controversy & Net Worth

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Bennedict Mathurin, a sixth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, currently plays as a shooting guard for Indiana Pacers.

A dynamic force on the basketball court hailing from Canada, Mathuri saw college basketball excellence at the University of Arizona.

Honored with All-American honors and the Pac-12 Player of the Year, he is now making waves in the NBA.

With his rookie four-year deal with the Pacers, Bennedict Mathurin is committed until the 2025-26 NBA season.

Moreover, if everything goes well, after three years of the contract, he becomes eligible for a five-year rookie extension worth $215 million.

Bennedict Mathurin Is The 6th Overall Pick Of Pacers In The 2022 NBA Draft
Bennedict Mathurin Is The 6th Overall Pick Of The Pacers In The 2022 NBA Draft (Source: Instagram)

All this basketball prominence came through the support of his mother, who raised him as a single parent, and his older sister Jennifer, a former college basketball player, who instilled in him an enthusiasm for hoops.

Moreover, after the loss of his older brother in an accident, who was his basketball buddy, Bennedict’s determination to be an NBA player became intense.

Want to know more about Bennedict Mathurin? Do scroll down for details.

Quick Facts

Full Name Bennedict Richard Felder Mathurin
Date of Birth June 19, 2002
Age 21 Years Old
Birth Place Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Religion Christianity
Zodiac Sign  Gemini
Chinese zodiac Horse
Height 6 feet 6 inches/ 1.98 m/ 198 cm
Weight 95 kg/ 210 lbs
High School NBA Academy Latin America
University University of Arizona (2020-22)
Father’s Name Felix Mathurin
Mother’s Name Elvie Jeune
Siblings Jennifer Mathurin (sister), Dominique Jeune (deceased, brother)
Tattoos Yes
Girlfriend None
Children None 
Profession Basketball player
League  NBA
Position  Shooting Guard
Current Team Indiana Pacers (2022- now)
Jersey Number #0
NBA Draft 2022 NBA Draft (Round: 1, Pick: 6th Overall) 
Net Worth   $2 Million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Last Update  April 2024

Bennedict Mathurin’s Early Life & Education

Mathurin was born on June 19, 2002, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada & has Haitian ancestry. His parents: Felix Mathurin & Elvie Juene, had migrated from Haiti.

The NBA player was never close with his father, who died in 2013.

As a single parent, his mother, a nurse, raised him along with his siblings: sister Jennifer Mathurin, a former college basketball player, and now-late brother Dominique Juene.

Mathurin With His Mother Elvie
Mathurin With His Mother Elvie (Source: The Washington Post)

In 2018, Bennedict became the first-ever Canadian invite to the NBA’s Latin America Academy in Mexico City.

Following two seasons at the academy, Mathurin went to the University of Arizona to play for the Wildcats over an offer from Baylor.

As a freshman, the Arizona alumnus made a three-point shooting accuracy of 41.8% while averaging 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game.

Although Bennedict was a draft propsect after his freshmen-year, he chose to return to college instead.

After an average of 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds & 2.5 assists per game in his sophomore year, the Canadian-born went for the NBA draft, forgoing his remaining college eligibility.

Age & Body Measurements

Bennedict Mathurin is currently 21 years old. His zodiac sign is Gemini, while as per the Chinese calendar, he was born in the Horse year.

The NBA shooting guard stands 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall & weighs 95 kg (210 lbs), with a wingspan of 6 feet 9 inches (2.05 m).

Mathurin has an athletic body build & a charming smile. He has brown eyes and braided black hair.

Sister Is A Former Basketball Player

Bennedict Mathurin’s older sister, Jennifer (b. January 14, 1993), is a former college basketball player who played at North Carolina State University from 2013 to 2017.

Aside from athletics, she excelled in studies too; Jenn graduated with Bachelor’s degree in social work with a 3.38 GPA & was on the Dean’s List honor. 

Furthermore, she played professionally in Finland’s Vimpelin Veto and Australia’s Gladstone Port City Power.

Having worked as an assistant basketball coach in Gladstone Port City Power, she returned to her alma mater, North Carolina, to work as an office staff (Sept. 2018- May 2020) & graduate teaching assistant (Aug 2019- May 2020).

Bennedict With His Sister Jennifer
Bennedict With His Sister Jennifer (Source: Instagram)

Then, Jennifer Mathurin moved back to Canada & served as a sports worker at Séminaire Saint-François (Sept. 2020- Aug 2021) in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Quebec.

She was an associate coach of the women’s basketball team at Bishop’s University for a year (July 2020- July 2021).

A 2020 graduate with a Master’s degree in social work, Jennifer is currently engaged in community services.

She was the one who inclined her NBA star brother Bennedict & late-brother Dominique toward basketball interest.

They often played against each other in tough one-on-one games and pickup games with older kids and grown men in their neighborhood.

Losing Dominique: Tragedy Strikes The Mathurin Family

Being raised without a father was tough for Bennedict; he even lost his father in 2013.

Then, a year later, the tragedy piled up after then-12 years old Mathurin lost his older brother Dominique Juene at 15.

Born on February 12, 1999, Dominique had a serious head injury on September 30, 2014; a car hit him when he was riding his bike on the way home from school. A day after the accident, he passed away.

In the memory of his late brother, during the NBA Draft Night, he wore a black & red suit with an embedded photo featuring himself, his sister Jennifer & his brother.

Often on his Instagram posts & Tweets, Bennedict mentions “#domixworld,” a tribute to his late big bro.

Mathurin, a rising star in the NBA, has overcome adversity and tragedy to get to where he is today.

NBA Career With Indiana Pacers

On June 23, 2022, the Indiana Pacers selected Mathurin as the 6th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, behind the top-fives: Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith Jr., Keegan Murray & Jaden Ivey.

In fact, he & the 7th overall pick Shaedon Sharpe were the only Canadian picks in that NBA draft.

He even made an impressive 23 points in his NBA Summer League debut.

Bennedict Mathurin earned his regular season debut on October 19, 2022, in a loss against Washington Wizards, where he scored 19 points.

Mathurin Playing For Indiana Pacers
Mathurin Playing For Indiana Pacers (Source: Instagram)

In a 125–116 win over the Brooklyn Nets on October 29, the NBA player scored his career-high 32 points & five rebounds.

In January 2023, he was named the 2023 NBA Rising Star.

Career Highlights & Awards

  • 2022 Consensus second-team All-American 
  • 2022 Pac-12 Player of the Year
  • 2022 First-team All-Pac-12
  • 2022 Pac-12 tournament MOP
  • 2021 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team
  • Won bronze medal for Canada at the 2021 FIBA Under-19 World Cup 

More On Personal Life: Relationship & Controversy

The Pacers shooting guard likes to keep his relationship profile low-key & has not mentioned his girlfriend so far. Moreover, Mathurin has no records of dating history or any rumored relationship.

Even though many online sources claim that the Canadian basketball star is single, some fans are not compatible with that.

On his social media profiles like Instagram (@bennedict) & Twitter (@BennMathurin), the NBA player mostly shares pictures of his basketball journey. Seems he is committed to his NBA career for now.

Controversy After Cheerleader Incident

In a video after an 85-80 victory over TCU on March 20, 2022, the Arizona player Mathurin seemingly walked toward a cheerleader with a potential contact to her chest, which embarked a controversy.

While it was unclear whether Mathurin made contact, he reached out to the cheerleader through TCU’s athletic department to apologize. He reportedly ‘sent an email to reach out to the cheerleader.’

The athletic director of Arizona stated that the Canadian player did not recall any contact and shook his head when asked if he remembered any contact.

Comment On LeBron James

In June 2022, ahead of the NBA Draft, Mathurin who was considered among the top prospects made a comment on LeBron James that raised eyebrows of many.

Speaking of the confidence in himself, he said:

“A lot of people say he’s great. I want to see how great he is. I don’t think anybody is better than me. [LeBron] He’s going to have to show me he’s better than me.”

While many NBA fans thought of the statement as a fool’s errand, Bennedict actually stood the ground after the Pacers beat the Lakers in a tight 116-115 victory on November 28.

In the match, Mathurin finished with 23 points & eight rebounds while James had 21 points & seven rebounds.

Later, the NBA player clarified that fans mistook his statement & also addressed his respect for James, “I know who LeBron James is. … The media got their own way of saying things, no disrespect to LeBron James.”

Bennedict Mathur’s Net Worth & Contract

Bennedict Mathurin, the NBA player, has a net worth of $2 million as of April 2024.

The player signed a fully guaranteed four-year contract worth $29.93 million with the Indiana Pacers on July 3, 2022. It averaged an annual salary of $7.484 million.

In the 2022-23 season, Bennedict will earn a base salary of $6,586,800; in 2023-24, Bennedict’s salary will increase to $6,916,080. 

Bennedict Mathurin on his draft night
Bennedict Mathurin On His Draft Night With Luguentz Dort (Source: Instagram)

After three years of his rookie contract (i.e., after the 2024-25 season), he will be eligible for a rookie extension of 5 years worth $215 million, which could see him a yearly salary of $37.07 million.

If no extensions are offered, or a new deal is signed, the player will become a free agent in 2026 with a qualifying offer of $12,256,222.

In addition to the salary, the player also makes extra money with various sponsorship and endorsement deals like most players.

Bennedict signed an endorsement deal with Addidas on December 15, 2022. The finances of the sponsorship deal remain under wraps, but it could be in a six or seven-digit figure.

Interesting Facts

  • While growing up, Mathurin considered Oklahoma City Thunder guard Luguentz Dort, a fellow Montreal native, as his childhood basketball role model. 
  • Bennedict can speak four languages: English, Spanish, French, and Creole. 
  • Bennedict has a tattoo on his left arm in honor of his late brother Dominique; it features the latter’s name, his date of birth & date of demise.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What would Bennedict be doing if he was not a basketball player?

Bennedict revealed in an interview that if he were not a basketball player, he would probably be a professional hockey player, as hockey was his second sport growing up.

Whom would Bennedict Mathurin like to dunk on in the NBA?

Bennedict Mathurin revealed that he would like to dunk on Lu Dort.

What jersey number is Bennedict Mathurin?

The shooting guard for the Indiana Pacers, Bennedict Mathurin, wears jersey number #0.


Aayusha Bhattarai

Aayusha Bhattarai is a dedicated writer with a passion for uncovering the fascinating stories behind athletes' lives. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for storytelling, she brings readers on a journey through the triumphs, struggles, and inspirations of their favorite players.


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