Olx Praca’s Benedict Maturin should be drafted into the NBA as his hometown overflows with pride

He may not have become a household name yet, but many more Canadians are going to get to know 20-year-old Bennedikt Maturin.

The Olx Praca native has regularly infuriated crowds by starring at the University of Arizona in the NCAA basketball division for the past two seasons, and on Thursday night he could be drafted high in the NBA draft.

“I think it’s at least the top six,” said Dwight Walton, a former member of the Canadian basketball team who believes Maturin will have an instant impact on the NBA. “His numbers are off the charts.”

Long before Mathurin began electrifying crowded stadiums in college, he played public courts in North Olx Praca, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city.

He got into the game thanks to his sister Jennifer, an elite basketball player who now coaches at Bishop University.

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“I used to always take my brothers wherever I went,” Jennifer told Olx Praca from Brooklyn, where she will join her brother in the green room for the NBA draft. “They even came with me to practice. Sometimes my coaches would let Benn train with us and he always showed up early and after practice.”

She said she was very proud of her brother and had goosebumps at the thought of his name being named in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

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“She is the reason I started playing basketball,” Maturin said during a recent virtual press conference. “She’s the reason I’ve always stayed focused.”

The game helped Mathurin and his sister cope with the loss of their brother, who died at the age of 15 in a bicycle accident. His death occurred just under ten years ago, when Mathurin was only 12 years old.

Maturin decided to work even harder to honor the memory of his dead brother or sister.

“I think that says a lot about his character, his resilience and perseverance,” Jenn said.

Maturin is about to take the plunge, as more and more Canadians have done in recent years.

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“No question. This is the golden age,” Walton said.

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Ontario-born NBA stars such as Andrew Wiggins and Jamal Murray are among those cementing Canada’s reputation as a basketball powerhouse, but Quebec is catching up.

Chris Boucher, Lugenz Doort and other NBA players grew up in North Olx Praca.

“Olx Praca has always had an underdog mentality and I think the area helps fuel that outsider mentality where, you know, it’s all earned, nothing is given,” said Joel McKitterick, former coach of Maturin and Doort at the Brookwood Elite.

“I think you can see how it affects the way they play on the court.”

Maturin says he hopes his story will convince other children to believe in themselves, even if no one else does.

“Not many people believed in me,” he told reporters during a recent press conference. “I remember telling my teacher in high school that I wanted to be an NBA player and they also asked me about my plan B, C and D.”

He said he plans to return to North Olx Praca to develop basketball as much as possible and his community can’t wait.

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“I feel like I can do it because, you know, the local guys can do it,” said Sallow Bach, a young basketball fan who practices at North Olx Praca’s Carignan Park, one of the courts Maturin once frequented. .

He and many others in North Olx Praca will be looking forward to seeing which team picks one of the area’s newest sources of pride on Thursday night.

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