Matisse
Thybulle
Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 200 lbs
School/Club: Washington
Status: Senior
Birthday: 03/04/1997

DRAFT TRADE:  Traded to Philadelphia 76ers

About Matisse Thybulle

Matisse Thybulle is a unique prospect with intriguing physical tools, potential to grow offensively, and one of the most impressive defensive resumes of any player in recent memory.  A consensus top-150 prospect in the high school class of 2015, Thybulle emerged as an instant starter at Washington under Lorenzo Romar and won Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in his final two seasons under Mike Hopkins.  Anchoring the Huskies’ zone as a junior and senior, he averaged 9.1 points, 3.4 steals, and 2.2 blocks per game taking on a smaller offensive role in his final season, while ranking among the most disruptive defenders in the country.

  • Possesses solid size for a wing listed at 6’5 with a 200-pound frame, but has a 7-foot wingspan, impressive all-around athleticism, and a knack for timing plays like few players in the country.
     
  • Filled a minor role for Washington serving mostly as a floor spacer, but provides nice hustle and some feel as a passer.

Defensive Analysis

  • Was quite possibly the best defender in college basketball last season.  Played at the top of Washington’s zone showing tremenous quickness, hustle, and timing.  Excellent individual defender who is exceptionally quick off the floor and has tremendous timing contesting shots.  Also very aggressive off the ball closing out with a sense of urgency. 

Career Highlights

  • 2018-19 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Second player in Pac-12 history to repeat as the conference DPOY, and the only Washington player to win once.
  • Broke Gary Payton’s 29-year-old Pac-12 record with 331 steals.
  • Only player in Pac-12 history with two 100-steal seasons.
  • Tied the school record with 186 career blocks, set by Christian Welp (1984-87). 

Senior (2018-19)

  • Named to the 10-man All-Pac-12 First Team.
  • Led the nation with 3.50 steals per game and ranked 18th with 2.31 blocks – the only player in the top 10 in both categories.
  • His 126 steals set the Pac-12 single-season record previously held by Jason Kidd of Cal (1992-93), and were the 10th most in NCAA history.
  • Became the only D-I player in the last 20 seasons to record 100 steals and 70 blocks in a season.
  • One of three players in that span to average 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in a season, joining Shane Battier (Duke) and Nerlens Noel (Kentucky). 

Strengths

  • Tremendous defensive instincts and versatility.
  • Guards multiple positions with his length and agility.
  • Solid shooting stroke gives him “3-and-D” potential.
  • Plays with a high motor. 

Personal

  • Mother, Elizabeth, died of cancer when he was a High School Senior. She died the day before the annual night in which Matisse’s High School team honors the players’ parents. Matisse played the game that evening in his mother’s honor. 

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