Bennedict Mathurin and the Montreal NBA pipeline: Inside the rise of Canada’s newest hoops hotbed

There is a good chance history will be made when Bennedict Mathurin’s name is called at Barclays Center

The Montreal native is widely expected to be drafted in the top 10

The Montreal native is widely expected to be drafted in the top 10

according to most mock drafts and prospect lists, including some of our own.

Mathurin’s journey to this point is the latest high mark in a growing

Montreal basketball culture that has slowly bloomed through the cracks.

two-time NBA champion Joel Anthony to current standouts like Oklahoma City

Thunder guard Luguentz Dort and Toronto Raptors big men Khem Birch and Chris Boucher.

 Mathurin is poised to stand on their shoulders

take the city’s burgeoning hoops pipeline to the next level.

Mathurin said in a Zoom press conference with Montreal media members last month. 

That culture has grown more vibrant in recent years.

formed Montreal Alliance of the Canadian Elite Basketball League.

 but it’s also become a home for many top Canadian basketball players.

“It’s huge. It’s such a big deal,” said Joey McKittrick, the director of Brookwood Elite.

“I’m really excited,” Dort told The Athletic when asked about Mathurin. 

Just what have Mathurin and his fellow Montreal hoops prospects gone through

the monumental importance of Mathurin’s impending 

selection in growing the sport in their hometown.