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Long before he suffered a season-ending leg injury against Saint Louis in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament last March, Martin had secured consensus college player-of-the-year honors. "If it isn't Kenyon," Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins said last February, "they shouldn't pick a player of the year." Huggins wasn't just stumping for one of his own. Martin, perhaps the best defensive post player in the game the year before, elevated his offensive game this season, with impressive results. He averaged 18.2 points and nearly 10 boards to go along with 3.5 blocked shots. No player in the country was more vital to his team, which is why it was such a shock when Martin suffered torn ligaments and a fractured lower right leg in the C-USA Tournament. Martin's teammates were so shaken that they lost that first-round game to Saint Louis, and they didn't last long in the NCAA tournament, either. No one is betting against a complete recovery, given Martin's work ethic. He'll probably still be taken among the top three picks in the draft. The pros look at Martin's size, jumping ability, wing span and tenacity and see a star who can make big contributions for a lot of years. Martin sometimes commits too many fouls, but maturity should rectify that problem. Not thought of as a scorer before his senior year, Martin displayed a surprisingly versatile scoring arsenal. He'll be a great pro.
Senior SeasonConsensus National Player of the Year
NABC co-national defensive player of the year
Unanimous choice as C-USA Player of the Year
Cincy's all-time shot block leader
Set C-USA record for blocks with 107
Season ended when he fractured his fibula in the first game of the C-USA Tournament
Junior SeasonBroke the Bearcats' career shot block record in the 14th game of the season (66th of his career)
Honorable mention All-America
First team All-Conference
Named C-USA Defensive Player of the Year for second straight season
Opened the season with a 16-pt, 16 reb and 6 blk effort against Rhode Island
Received ¾-length pass and then made the dish to Melvin Levett who hit the game-winning basket against Duke and hand the Blue Devils their only loss of the regular season
Sophomore SeasonSecond team All-C-USA
C-USA Defensive Player of the Year
Recorded Cincy's first triple-double in 31 years with 24 points, 23 rebs and 10 blocks against DePaul
Freshman SeasonStarted three games and took over the team's shot-blocking lead by game 12
NotablesWas a DE/WR on his HS football team
Was a pitcher/first baseman on his HS baseball team
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