Martin to NBA: Decision 1 Week Away

POSTED BY: News Department
Tuesday, March 9, 2004 - 01:00 AM
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Kevin Martin may be skipping his senior year at Western Carolina and declaring for the NBA draft.

In an exclusive interview with WHIZ, the Zanesville native said he hopes to make a decision in about a week whether to turn pro.

"There are several (NBA) teams who are interested," Martin said Monday. "If I want to go there, it's there."

Martin, who on Monday was on his way to Tampa for a visit and to work out with his NBA trainer, averaged 24.9 points per game in his junior season at Western Carolina. The Catamounts season ended last week with a first-round loss to Furman in the Southern Conference Tournament.

The 6-7 junior guard said there are many factors he must consider before leaving school for the NBA.

"We have 8 or 9 guys back (at Western Carolina) who played a lot, so it could be a very successful season," Martin said. "First round (of the NBA draft) would be great...with what I've done the last three years, I'm up there with those guys.

"Second round would be great too with the situation I'm in...with the kind of school I go to. There's a lot of things to factor in."

Martin couldn't name specifically which NBA teams are interested in him. The NBA deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is May 10th.

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