The Marshall men’s basketball roster continues to evolve, as the university announced Friday afternoon that sophomore guard Chris Martin would transfer at the end of the spring semester. Thundering Herd Coach Tom Herrion had this to say in the short release:
Chris is a terrific young man. We thank him for his contributions to our program over the past two years and wish him all the best in his future.
It’s not a surprising development. Martin’s playing time plummeted once the conference schedule began. Before that, he played significant minutes and even started two games in the middle of the season. He played in just eight of the last 17 games, though, for a total of 58 minutes, as freshmen Tamron Manning and DeVince Boykins eclipsed him on the depth chart.
Martin is good to talk with. Waiting outside the hotel before the Ohio game, we chatted about the state of Big East basketball (his dad, Bill, played in three NCAA title games for Georgetown).
One more story about Martin: I was sitting on press row finishing my story after Marshall’s Senior Night win over Southern Miss. I watched Martin, who didn’t play in the game, haul out the big shooting machine that spit the ball back to you after each shot. He still was putting up jumpers as I packed up and walked out of an empty Henderson Center.