THYBULLE Matisse

4 Mar 1997
24
Male
1.96/6'5''
SCOTTSDALE, AZ
 
United States of America

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
BKB Basketball Men 3 Bronze Medal

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Saitama Super Arena
AUS
Australia
84
NGR
Nigeria
67
Finished
Saitama Super Arena
ITA
Italy
83
AUS
Australia
86
Finished
Saitama Super Arena
AUS
Australia
89
GER
Germany
76
Finished
Saitama Super Arena
AUS
Australia
97
ARG
Argentina
59
Finished
Saitama Super Arena
USA
United States
97
AUS
Australia
78
Finished
Saitama Super Arena
SLO
Slovenia
93
AUS
Australia
107
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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Mathief [due to his ability to steal the ball]. (nbcsports.com, 10 Jan 2020)
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Vlogging, photography, reading. (nytimes.com, 16 Jul 2020)
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Athlete
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Communications - University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
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English
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Philadelphia 76ers [United States of America] since 2019
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Doc Rivers [club], USA; Brian Goorjian [national], USA
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Guard, Small forward (australia.basketball, 01 Jan 2021; smh.com.au, 02 Mar 2020)
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His cousin Sidney Thybulle began playing basketball for Johns Hopkins University in the United States of America in 2019, while another cousin Grace Thybulle joined Yale University's basketball team in 2021. (slamonline.com, 17 Jul 2020; thenext.substack.com, 28 Jun 2020)
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He suffered a right knee sprain and bruised bone in December 2019 and missed seven games for Philadelphia 76ers before returning to action the following month. (therookiewire.usatoday.com, 09 Jan 2020; nba.com, 22 Dec 2019)
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NBA [USA] (nytimes.com, 16 Jul 2020)
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He grew up playing a number of sports, including swimming, until his basketball abilities began to emerge in his later years of high school. He attended Skyline High School and later Eastside Catholic, both in Sammamish, Washington, before joining the University of Washington. (si.com, 06 Mar 2019; NBC Universal, 2014)
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"I liked playing with my friends in middle school, but I really wasn't that good at it. Basketball was always something I loved but I never thought I was good enough to play at a higher level. I didn't know that this dream, to play in the NBA, would be a reality until pretty late." (redbull.com, 16 Feb 2021)
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To compete at the Olympic Games. (espn.com, 08 Feb 2020)
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US basketballer Michael Jordan. (NBA Australia Facebook channel, 03 Feb 2021)
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"Perfection is crippling. A lot of people put so much emphasis on doing something perfect that they won't even attempt to do it in the first place. As a basketball player you have to accept you will never be perfect, even the best players in the world aren't." (Philadelphia 76ers Twitter page, 18 Oct 2019)
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While playing college basketball for the University of Washington from 2015 to 2019 he was named the 2019 Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year as the most outstanding men's college basketball defender in NCAA Division I competition. In 2019 he also received the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award from the Atlanta Tipoff Club, and received the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year award in both 2019 and 2018. (gohuskies.com, 07 Apr 2019; seattletimes.com, 05 Apr 2019)

General Interest

General
REPRESENTING AUSTRALIA
He was born in the United States of America and moved to Sydney, NSW, Australia with his family at age two. He spent around seven years in Australia before returning to the United States of America in 2005. He has dual citizenship in both countries. "I'm definitely proud of Australia. I remember I thought it was so weird when we came to the US because the Santa Claus in Australia wore Speedos and rode a surfboard. And when I came here, he was all dressed up in cold weather." (sports.yahoo.com, 03 Feb 2021; smh.com.au, 02 Mar 2020; espn.com, 08 Feb 2020; seattletimes.com, 11 Jul 2016)

DEFENSIVE FOCUS
He says his basketball abilities, especially his offensive skills, developed later in high school. As a result his father Greg, a Haitian immigrant who had never played the sport competitively, encouraged him to focus on defence. "I told him [Matisse], 'There will always be someone who will shoot the ball better than you, but there will never be a better defender than you." Matisse admits defence isn't the most attractive element of the game, but that it is something he enjoys. While playing for the University of Washington, he broke the Pac-12 Conference single-season and career steal records set by Jason Kidd [single-season] and Gary Payton [career]. "Defence isn't something people focus on. It's hard work. It's not sexy. But I've always embraced it." (redbull.com, 16 Feb 2021)

ARTIST INSPIRATION
He is named after the French artist Henri Matisse. "My dad was backpacking through Europe and there was a museum that had a bunch of Matisse paintings and he fell in love with the work. It's not like anybody in my family is very artistic but it's something we appreciated. We would go to museums and, when we lived in Australia, we would go to the [Sydney] Opera House. It's really cool to think my dad had that much forethought going into naming me. It's cool to be named after someone as special, and important, as Henri Matisse was in the art world." (Philadelphia 76ers Twitter profile, 18 Oct 2019)

SHIRT NUMBER TRIBUTE
His mother Elizabeth died of leukaemia in 2015 and he wore her favourite number [four] as a tribute when he played at high school and for University of Washington. When he joined Philadelphia 76ers the number four shirt had been retired, so he chose number 22 [2+2] instead. He was also introduced to photography by his mother and says that influenced him to start vlogging. "So much of who I am was sculpted by her, so putting myself out there and being who I am, and doing it on a large scale for a lot of people to see - that's definitely something I think about. I feel that connection to her." He filmed, edited and narrated his own YouTube vlog called 'Welcome to the Bubble' that recounted the closing fixtures of the 2020 NBA season inside the league's bubble at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. "I knew there would be a ton of buzz about basketball starting up and that this was something that people would be interested in."
(inquirer.com, 21 Jul 2020; nytimes.com, 16 Jul 2020)

NBA DRAFT
He was selected in the first round, 20th overall pick, of the 2019 NBA Draft. (nba.com, 2020)

Legend
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Bronze Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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