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Cam Martin leaves KU for Boise State


Cam Martin, former All-American basketball player at Missouri Southern, is transferring from Kansas to Boise State.

The 6-foot-9 Martin has one year of eligibility remaining and is one of five Jayhawks who have entered the transfer portal. The others are freshman guard MJ Rice, sophomore forward Zach Clemence, sophomore guard Bobby Pettiford Jr. and junior guard Joseph Yesufu.

And, it's a package deal for the Bronchos. Younger brother Alex Martin, a 6-6 senior at Webb City High School, is joining Boise State as a walkon. He had committed to a junior college but changed his mind because he wants to be teammates with his brother for a season.

"It couldn't have worked out more perfect for us to play together," Cam told B.J. Rains of Bronco Nation News. "As soon as I went into the portal, that was the biggest thing. We were going somewhere together regardless."

Martin said he was contacted by almost 100 schools since entering the portal, and Wichita State, Clemson, SMU and Texas Tech showed a lot of interest before he chose Boise State.

"The biggest thing for me was finding the right fit offensively and being used in a way that fits my skill set," Martin told BNN. "You can look at the post players at Boise State, and they've had a lot of players who have been stretch-5s and capable of shooting the basketball. You can't say the same about Kansas."

Boise State finished 24-10 this season and was a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament, losing to Northwestern 75-67 in the first round. The Broncos and NCAA Tournament runner-up San Diego State tied for the Mountain West Conference title with 13-5 records. Each team won at home during the regular season -- SDSU 72-52 and Boise State 66-60.

Martin spent the last two years at Kansas. He was a redshirt during the 2021-22 season when KU won the national championship, and he received a medical redshirt for last season after playing a total of 10 minutes in four games.

Martin suffered a shoulder injury a week before the Jayhawks played Pittsburg State in an exhibition game. He was looking forward to playing against former coach Jeff Boschee and the Gorillas.

Martin spent three seasons playing for Boschee at Missouri Southern and is second on the school's career scoring list with 2,040 points. He holds the single-game scoring record of 54 points against Missouri Western.

Martin averaged 23.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in 86 games for the Lions. He shot 59 percent from the field, 39 percent from 3-point range and had 43 double-doubles and 56 games when he scored at least 20 points.

Martin played his freshman year at Jacksonville State (Ala.), averaging 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 9.8 minutes.

In high school, he led Yukon (Okla.) to a second-place finish in the state tournament his senior year and was rated one of the top-5 players in Oklahoma.


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