After losing Zach Copeland for the upcoming season due to him not meeting transfer academic requirements, Illinois State men’s basketball went looking for some additional help in the backcourt.
On Wednesday, ISU coach Dan Muller found his man as the team signed graduate transfer Jerron Martin. Since Martin enrolled as a graduate student, he will be eligible to play for the Redbirds during the 2017-18 season under the NCAA graduate transfer exception.
"We're excited to add Jerron to the program," Muller said in a press release from ISU athletics. "He will give us added depth at the guard position. We look forward to getting to work with him on the court while helping him earn his master's degree here at Illinois State."
Martin, who is 6-0 and weighs 175 pounds, comes from Texas Southern where he played for two seasons from 2015-17. The Tigers won the SWAC regular season championship both years Martin was on the team and made the NCAA tournament in 2017.
A native of Prince George’s County, Maryland, Martin had a successful senior season at Princeton Day School where he averaged 18.4 points per game. While leading Princeton to a 38-11 record during his final season, he also set the school’s all-time double-double record.
The guard originally began his college career at Ole Miss in 2013. After playing in two games, Martin got a medical redshirt before eventually transferring to South Plains Junior College.
During the 2014-15 season, his lone one at South Plains, Martin played in 22 games. The guard then headed to Texas Southern, where in 2015-16, he started in three out of the 21 games he played and shot 40.7 percent from the field. He finished the season averaging 2.7 points per game and shot 34 percent from three-point range.
In the 2016-17 season, Martin saw limited action as he only played in four games. He finished the year with 1.5 points per game.
With this addition, Illinois State has seven guards to use this season. Joining Martin in the backcourt will be juniors Keyshawn Evans and William Tinsley, sophomores Madison Williams and Matt Hein, and freshmen Elijah Clarance and Isaac Gassman.
Martin will also be ISU’s lone senior this season as well as its fifth upperclassmen.