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Pacers select Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin with No. 6 overall pick in 2022 NBA Draft

Arizona sophomore guard Bennedict Mathurin.
Arizona sophomore guard Bennedict Mathurin.(Mike Christy | Arizona Athletics)
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 7:39 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 2:36 AM CDT
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INDIANAPOLIS (WFIE) - The Indiana Pacers chose Arizona sophomore Bennedict Mathurin as its first selection in the 2022 NBA Draft.

The Pacers selected Mathurin as the No. 6 overall pick on Thursday.

During his sophomore season, the 6-foot-6 wing averaged 17.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Wildcats, leading his team to the Sweet 16 round in the NCAA Tournament.

Mathurin earned numerous accolades for his play on the court last season. He was crowned as the Pac-12 Player of the Year, while also named a consensus Second Team All-American.

Widely regarded as a knockdown shooter, Mathurin shot 38.3 percent from the three-point line over the course of his two years at Arizona.

Mathurin is slated to join the young core of Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Myles Turner.

Later in the night, Indiana opened the second round by drafting Gonzaga guard Andrew Nembhard at No. 31.

The Pacers wrapped up their draft night with acquiring the No. 48 pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves, taking Baylor forward Kendall Brown.

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