Bennedict Richard Felder Mathurin was born June 19, 2002 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Mathurin is of Haitian descent and speaks English, French and Creole. His sister, Jennifer, played college basketball at NC State, and his brother passed away at age 15 when Bennedict was 12. Mathurin grew up playing hockey and football as well as competing with the Quebec provincial basketball team. In 2018, he became the first Canadian-born player to join the NBA Academy Latin America in Mexico City. In 2020, Mathurin committed to playing college basketball at the University of Arizona. During his 2020-21 freshman season, the Wildcat started 12 of 26 appearances and averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 25.0 minutes per game. Mathurin was then named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. Also in 2021, Mathurin played for Canada at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup, averaging 16.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28 minutes per game as the team took home the bronze medal. As a sophomore, he started all 37 appearances and averaged 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 32.6 minutes. The guard was named Consensus All-American Second Team and Pac-12 Player of the Year. Mathurin declared for the 2022 NBA Draft following his sophomore year and was selected sixth overall by the Indiana Pacers.