Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin named to 10-man Wooden Award All-American team
After a standout season, Arizona star Bennedict Mathurin picked up another honor on Wednesday.
The sophomore guard was named to the 10-man Wooden Award All-American Team by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Though he didn’t land a spot among the five finalists for the 2022 Wooden Award, he was still recognized by the presenting body as one of the best players in college basketball this season.
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The 10-man team includes Ochai Agbaji (Kansas), Kofi Cockburn (Illinois), Johnny Davis (Wisconsin), Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga), Jaden Ivey (Purdue), Keegan Murray (Iowa), Jabari Smith (Auburn), Drew Timme (Gonzaga), and Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky).
Mathurin, the Pac-12’s Player of the Year this season, was a consensus All-American, a first-team all-conference selection, and the Most Outstanding Player at the Pac-12 Tournament.
He averaged 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. The 655 points scored rank as the ninth-most in Arizona history, and Mathurin got there with rather efficient shooting. As the team’s go-to scorer, Mathurin shot 45% from the floor and 37% from the 3-point line. And he raised his play in the postseason, averaging 20points across the Pac-12 Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.
Mathurin finished the season as the second-leading scorer in the Pac-12. He also led all conference players in offensive win shares and offensive box plus/minus.