Kenyon Martin

Kenyon Martin played for UC for three years, from the 1997-98 season to the 1999-2000 season. Martin is one of only 3 players with his jersey retired at UC, along with Oscar Robertson and Jack Twyman, the best players in Bearcat history. Kenyon Martin electrified Cincinnati with his incredible defensive play and post game. He led the 1999-2000 to a #1 ranking for a majority of the season, and the Bearcats were lined up to have the #1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament until Martin broke his leg in the Conference USA tournament. Without Martin, the team was crippled, and lost in the second round of the tournament. With Martin, UC probably could have won it all, which speaks to his incredible abilities as a player and leader. Martin was so good that he was drafted #1 overall in the 2000 NBA draft even after the leg injury. Since then, he has played a whopping 14 seasons in the NBA.

Statistics

SEASON GP FG% FTM FT% REB AST BLK STL PTS
1996-1997
22
65.0
10
31.3
3.4
0.5
1.1
0.6
2.8
1997-1998
30
62.6
50
47.6
8.9
1.4
2.8
1.0
9.9
1998-1999
33
57.3
50
56.2
6.9
1.5
2.4
1.1
10.1
1999-2000
31
56.8
141
68.4
9.7
1.4
3.5
1.4
18.9

Accomplishments

Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior, and senior

Conference USA Player of the Year (1999-2000)

Consensus All-American (1999-2000)

Wooden Award Winner (1999-2000)

1st in school history with 292 blocks

Member of the 1,000 point club (1296)

Drafted 1st overall in the NBA draft

Played 14 years in the NBA

Highlights

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