Three-Point Barrage Leads Martin To Weekly Honor
Averaging 25.0 points in three games, UC Irvine senior Jaron Martin (Sunland, Calif./Chaminade College Prep) earned Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.
The 5-10 guard registered 20 or more points in all three games as the Anteaters went 1-2 overall.
Martin opened the week with a career-high 33 points in an 85-79 overtime loss to WAC preseason favorite New Mexico State. He drained a career-best seven threes (in 11 attempts) and made 13-of-21 floor shots overall.
He was named to the all-tournament team at the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational after averaging 21.0 points in two games. He had 20 points in an 88-80 loss to Akron in the opener. Martin knocked down three treys and dished out four assists in that game.
Against host UTEP in the consolation game, Martin led the Anteaters to a 62-57 victory with 22 points, three assists and a steal, firing in six more three-pointers.
For the week, Martin sank 16 three-pointers and shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from beyond the arc. He connected on 57.8 percent (26-of-45) of his shots overall, and was also efficient at the foul line with seven of nine makes.
Martin averaged 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He is now tied for second in the Big West with 36 three-pointers on the season.
Others nominated: Donovan Fields (Cal Poly); Darin Johnson (CSUN); Evan Payne (Long Beach State)