Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

Jan 4, 2021, 2:08 PM
Arizona guard Bennedict Mathurin (0) drives around Washington State forward Aljaz Kunc, center, in ...

Arizona guard Bennedict Mathurin (0) drives around Washington State forward Aljaz Kunc, center, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. Arizona won 86-82 in double overtime. Mathurin led Arizona with 24 points. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

(AP Photo/Dean Hare)

The Pac-12 Conference announced Monday that Arizona freshman guard/forward Bennedict Mathurin is the conference’s latest Freshman of the Week.

Mathurin over three games averaged 12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals, all Wildcat wins.

That included a double-double in Arizona’s double-overtime win against Washington State on Saturday. The freshman had 22 points and 11 rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting.

Mathurin is third on the team in scoring at 10.6 points per game and fourth in rebounding at 4.9 a night.

He is the first Wildcat to earn Pac-12 Freshman of the Week this season.

The Wildcats are off to a 9-1 start this season, with their only loss coming against Stanford. Arizona is 3-1 in conference play thus far and hosts the Southern California schools in Tucson next, with USC on Thursday and UCLA on Saturday.

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