Valparaiso native Scott Martin gets a sixth year at Notre Dame
By Mike Hutton 648-3139 or email@example.com May 12, 2012 11:24PM
Notre Dame guard Scott Martin runs off the court after an NCAA college basketball game with Marquette Feb. 4, 2012 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
Updated: June 14, 2012 8:35AM
Next season just became a little more appealing for Scott Martin and the Notre Dame basketball team.
Martin, a 6-8 forward from Valparaiso High School, was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. After an agonizing wait, Martin gets to return to help a Notre Dame team that should contend for a Big East title.
Martin applied for a sixth season in December.
“We’re thrilled at the NCAA’s decision to grant Scott a sixth year of eligibility,” Irish coach Mike Brey said in a statement. “Scott was our glue guy this past season with our young team. He helped drive us with his experience and leadership. I was proud of how he handled himself once Tim Abromaitis went down with his ACL injury. Scott is a great example for college basketball and we’re excited that he gets an opportunity to play one more season in a Notre Dame uniform.”
The return of Martin means Notre Dame is batting .500 on sixth year appeals. Abromaitis, who tore his ACL in the fourth game of the season, was denied one more year by the NCAA last week. Part of the basis for the appeal for an extra season for Martin involved him moving closer to home to help take care of his father, who was battling cancer at the time. Brey called the decision “fair.”
Martin, who averaged 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds last season, transferred to Notre Dame in 2008 after spending his freshman year at Purdue. In October of 2009, after sitting out a season, Martin tore his ACL in practice, causing him to miss his first year at Notre Dame.
After a slow start, Martin helped the Irish, who were picked to finish in the bottom half of the Big East, to a 22-12 record. They finished third in the Big East, earning an NCAA bid. They lost to Xavier in the first round of the tournament.
Martin was the team’s best low post defender and Brey hardly took him out of games. He averaged 34.7 minutes per game. Martin’s return means that all five starters are back from last year.
With the addition of Garrick Sherman, a 6-11 transfer from Michigan State, and the arrival of incoming freshman guard/forward Cameron Biedschied, one of the top 50 players in the country, according to Rivals.com, the Irish should be in position to improve on last year’s record.