May 12, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Post player Jordan Martin last week became the fourth John A. Logan College men’s basketball player to accept a scholarship offer from a Division I school.

Russell Woods and Martavian Payne signed with the University of Missouri and A.J. Riley signed with Eastern Illinois.

Martin picked Missouri State University over a host of others, including Iowa State, Georgia, Murray State, St. Bonaventure, and Dayton.

Martin attended Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis before spending the last two years at Logan. This past season with the Vols, the 6-foot-8 center averaged eight points and five rebounds a game. He also shot 59 percent from the field. The only weakness in his game was free-throw shooting, averaging 40 percent.

“I’m excited for Jordan. He gets to stay close to home and compete in a good league like the Missouri Valley Conference,” said Logan head coach Kyle Smithpeters. “Jordan had a number of other offers from bigger schools, but wanted to go somewhere that he could play right away. I am confident that he will be an impact player with Missouri State. He has gotten so much better as a player since he came here two years ago. His ability to score around the basket and rebound will create a problem for some teams.”

Martin said he felt like Missouri State was “a great fit” for him.

“Coach (Paul) Lusk made me feel welcome when I made a visit to the campus. I’m really excited to get down there and get to work. I want to do everything I can to help get Missouri State back to the NCAA Tournament.”

Martin said he has been dreaming of playing Division I basketball since his freshman year in high school.

“I consider it a blessing to be getting the opportunity,” he said. “It’s always been a goal and dream of mine. And I believe my experience here at Logan has prepared me for that opportunity. I am nowhere near the player now I was two years ago. I am so much stronger physically and mentally, and have gotten so much better with my back to the basket. I owe that improvement to the coaching staff here at Logan.”

 

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