New Lo­bos player

Due to NCAA rules, Martin will have to sit out 2018-19 sea­son

Santa Fe New Mexican - - SPORTS - By Will Web­ber wweb­ber@sfnewmex­i­can.com

The Lo­bos bas­ket­ball team added Town­son trans­fer Zane Miller, but he has to sit out the 2018-19 sea­son.

The reload­ing pro­ject is com­plete. Again. For the sec­ond time in about five weeks, the Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico men’s bas­ket­ball team has an­nounced it has reached the NCAA max­i­mum of 13 schol­ar­ship play­ers. The lat­est va­cancy was made pos­si­ble when TaJuan Agee, a 6-foot-8 ju­nior col­lege trans­fer from Texas, was re­leased from his com­mit­ment late last week in or­der to make room for guard Zane Martin, a Di­vi­sion I trans­fer from Tow­son.

A 6-4 point guard from Philadel­phia, Martin played two sea­sons at Tow­son and must sit out the 2018-19 sea­son be­fore join­ing the Lo­bos’ ac­tive ros­ter as a ju­nior in 2019-20.

He av­er­aged 19.8 points last sea­son as a sopho­more, grab­bing 3.5 re­bounds and dish­ing 2.7 as­sists. He shot 38 per­cent from 3-point range and was a 70 per­cent shooter from the freethrow line.

He had 15 points and a teamhigh four as­sists in a De­cem­ber win over fu­ture NCAA Tour­na­ment dar­ling Mary­land-Bal­ti­more County, then had three games of at least 32 points dur­ing a one-month span late in the reg­u­lar sea­son. That in­cluded a team-best 36 in a game against Hof­s­tra in the fi­nal game of the reg­u­lar sea­son, a game in which he buried seven 3-point­ers.

He was named to the sec­ond team All-Colo­nial Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion, help­ing the Tigers to an 18-14 over­all record.

“I chose New Mex­ico be­cause I felt as though this was the best [de­ci­sion] for my game,” Martin said in a news re­lease is­sued by UNM. “Coach [Paul] Weir and the staff at UNM wel­comed me in with open arms dur­ing my visit and I re­ally felt like I be­longed.”

The Lo­bos will have just four re­turn­ing play­ers from last sea­son; se­nior guards Anthony Mathis and Dane Kuiper, and sopho­mores Vladimir Pinchuk and Makuach Malu­ach. The other nine are new­com­ers, al­though two of them — ju­niors JaQuan Lyle and Vance Jack­son — were on the ros­ter last year but were sit­ting out a sea­son as Di­vi­sion I trans­fers.

Martin comes to UNM af­ter ex­plor­ing his op­tions with the re­cent NBA Draft. He never signed with an agent but chose to leave Tow­son and sit out a year. Dur­ing the re­cruit­ing process for a new pro­gram he ex­plored, among oth­ers, trans­fer­ring to Gon­zaga.

“Zane has the type of per­son­al­ity that fits per­fectly with our pro­gram,” Weir said. “There is a need on next year’s team for an im­me­di­ate im­pact guard and he is that. I can’t think of a bet­ter prospect for our style of play, and we look for­ward to Zane hav­ing a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on Lobo bas­ket­ball.”

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Zane Martin is the new­est mem­ber of the Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico men’s bas­ket­ball team. As a sopho­more, he av­er­aged 19.8 points in 32 games with the Tigers last sea­son.

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