Wildcats’ Mathurin, Perry High’s Williams make NBA All-Rookie team

May 8, 2023, 11:16 AM

Indiana Pacers shooting guard and Arizona Wildcats alum Ben Mathurin was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team on Monday, the league announced.

Also making the first team was an Arizona local: The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Jalen Williams, who attended Perry High School in Gilbert before three years at Santa Clara propelled him to the NBA.

It was an impressive start to an NBA career for the 6-foot-6, 210-pound Mathurin in 2022-23.

In 78 games played (17 starts), Mathurin averaged 16.7 points on 43.4% shooting and 32.3% from long range to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He posted 27 games of at least 20 points.

Before making his mark in Indiana, Mathurin made a name for himself as a Wildcat.

In his second and final year in Tucson, Mathurin averaged 17.7 points and shot 45% from the field and 36.9% from deep.

He was named the 2021-22 Pac-12 Player of the Year and took home Pac-12 Tournament MVP honors that year in addition to helping the Wildcats to a conference championship.

For Oklahoma City, Williams averaged 14.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game, shooting 52% and 36% from three.

He started 62 of 75 games played for a young Thunder squad that finished with a 40-42 record.

A look at the full look of NBA All-Rookie squads:

2022-23 NBA All-Rookie Teams

First team

Paolo Banchero, Orlando Magic
Walker Kessler, Utah Jazz
Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana Pacers
Keegan Murray, Sacramento Kings
Jalen Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder

Second team

Jalen Duren, Detroit Pistons
Tari Eason, Houston Rockets
Jaden Ivey, Detroit Pistons
Jabari Smith Jr., Houston Rockets
Jeremy Sochan, San Antonio Spurs

Arizona Basketball

Caleb Love, North Carolina transfer, Arizona Wildcats...

Arizona Sports

North Carolina transfer Caleb Love commits to Arizona hoops

Caleb Love, who led the North Carolina Tar Heels in scoring, announced Tuesday that he will transfer to join the Arizona Wildcats.

3 days ago

Conrad Martinez Arizona Wildcats...

Jake Anderson

Wildcats hoops nabs commitment from Spanish guard Conrad Martinez

Joventut Badalona point guard Conrad Martinez of Spain committed to play basketball for the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday.

8 days ago

Keshad Johnson #0 of the San Diego State Aztecs celebrates by cutting down the net after defeating ...

Arizona Sports

Arizona basketball lands San Diego State transfer Keshad Johnson

San Diego State transfer Keshad Johnson announced his commitment to Arizona on Saturday at a gathering with head coach Tommy Lloyd present.

13 days ago

Pelle Larsson #3 of the Arizona Wildcats handles the ball against the UCLA Bruins in the first half...

Kellan Olson

Arizona guard Pelle Larsson returning after testing draft waters

Arizona guard Pelle Larsson is returning to the program next season after he briefly tested the NBA Draft waters, he announced on Instagram.

17 days ago

Tommy Lloyd...

Arizona Sports

Lithuanian big Motiejus Krivas commits to Arizona basketball

Lithuanian Motiejus Krivas told ESPN on Tuesday he has committed to the Arizona Wildcats, giving Tommy Lloyd's roster its fourth 7-footer.

17 days ago

Oumar Ballo #11 of the Arizona Wildcats is fouled by Maxime Raynaud #42 of the Stanford Cardinal in...

Arizona Sports

Arizona basketball schedules Thanksgiving Day game vs. Michigan State

The Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team will face the Michigan State Spartans on Thanksgiving of 2023.

18 days ago

Wildcats’ Mathurin, Perry High’s Williams make NBA All-Rookie team