Nevada’s Cody Martin drafted 36th by Charlotte Hornets

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Cody Martin was the leader of the Wolf Pack at point guard.
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Nevada Wolf Pack guard/forward Cody Martin is headed back to his home state.   A Mocksville, North Carolina native, Martin was drafted 36th overall in the second round by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday. He is the highest NBA pick from Nevada since Luke Babbitt was picked 16th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010. Armon Johnson went 34th to the Portland Trailblazers that same year. Martin, 23, stuffed the stat sheet last season. He averaged 12.1 points on 50.5 percent shooting with 4.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. The lanky 6-foot-7 swingman ranked third in the Mountain West Conference in assists and fifth in steals per game.  Whether in the open court or half court setting, Martin had the reins to Nevada’s potent offense. He kept his eyes up the floor and displayed great court vision to find open shooters or cutters to the paint. “He’s got the keys to the car, he runs the show and calls me off on some plays,” former Nevada head coach Eric Musselman said last season. “He’s a next-level point guard with a great basketball IQ.” Defensively, Martin’s wingspan and versatility on the perimeter bothered opposing ball handlers, often leading to steals and breakaway slams in transition. He was the 2017-18 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. Martin was a third-team All-Mountain West in 2018-19. Joined by his twin brother Caleb, Martin transferred to Nevada after two seasons at North Carolina State University. In his two seasons with the Pack, Nevada’s “big three” of Jordan Caroline and the Martin twins vaulted Nevada to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. The Wolf Pack made a Sweet 16 appearance in 2017-18 and fell in the first round against the Florida Gators in this year’s tournament. 

— Isaiah Burrows

Related story: Jordan Caroline signs free agent deal with Lakers.

ABOUT Isaiah Burrows

Isaiah Burrows
Tahoe Onstage sportswriter Isaiah Burrows also is a general assignment reporter for CarsonNow.org, an online news source in Carson City. He is a journalism major at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he writes sports for the Sagebrush student newspaper. He is the Reno Aces beat writer for Tahoe Onstage.

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