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VOL. 133 | NO. 46 | Monday, March 5, 2018

Tigers’ Martin Second-Team All-AAC Selection

By Don Wade

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University of Memphis junior guard Jeremiah Martin was named to the American Athletic Conference second team Monday, March 5, following a breakout season in which the former Mitchell High star led the conference in scoring.

Martin broke his left foot during the Feb. 22 upset of then-No. 23 Houston at FedExForum. Coach Tubby Smith said Monday: “He’d have been first-team if he hadn’t broken his foot.”

Jeremiah Martin rushes to the basket during the University of Memphis' Nov. 14 game against Little Rock. Martin, who missed the last three games of the season with a broken foot, has been named to the American Athletic Conference second team. (Daily News file/Houston Cofield)

Martin was joined on the second team by UConn’s Jalen Adams, Tulsa’s Junior Etou, Tulane’s Melvin Frazier and SMU's Shake Milton. The first team members were: Gary Clark and Jacob Evans III of Cincinnati; Landry Shamet and Shaquille Morris of Wichita State; and Rob Gray of Houston.

Martin averaged 18.9 points per game to edge UConn’s Adams (18.5) and Houston’s Gray (18.1) for the scoring title. Martin is the fifth Tiger in school history to win a league scoring title, joining Keith Lee (1984-85), Elliot Perry (1990-91), Penny Hardaway (1992-93) and Will Barton (2011-12).

Martin, who held off a late-season charge by Adams to win the scoring title, missed the final three games of the regular season after the injury. His recovery time is expected to be four to six months, but Smith said he has remained a contributor since being sidelined.

“His leadership was outstanding, and it still is,” the Tigers’ coach said. “He’s been able to keep guys positive from behind the bench.”

Martin helped the Tigers (19-12, 10-8 American) earn a No. 5 seed in this week’s conference tournament in Orlando, Florida, by nearly doubling his average (10.3) from his sophomore season. He had 30-point games in a Jan. 9 home win against Tulane and a Feb. 3 road loss to ECU. The 33 points he scored against ECU represented a career high.

During the season, Martin was honored by the league on five occasions, including being named the AAC Player of the Week Jan. 15 after scoring 57 points and making 19 of 21 free throws in victories over Tulane and Temple.

Despite missing four games this season, Martin led the conference with an average of 2.3 steals per game.

Memphis opens play in the AAC Championships Thursday, March 8, at 1 p.m. Central against USF, seeded 12th. The game will be carried by ESPNU.

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