Martin Fulfills Childhood Dream at K-State

Making the trip to and from K-State whenever there was a game, the Salina, Kansas, native would travel back and forth to Bramlage Coliseum with her K-State alum dad. At the games, she always dreamed of being on the court, so it came as no surprise when she made the decision to play basketball for the Wildcats. 
"I made my decision pretty early," explained Martin, a six-foot guard. "I committed as a sophomore (in high school), and when I came on my visit it just had that family feel. That's a real thing, it's not just something that people talk about." 
Describing her time now at K-State as a "family tradition," Martin said her brother, Josh, also attends K-State and said her father, Dean, couldn't be happier to have his daughter playing basketball at his alma mater. 
"I just feel like my style of play fit in with the girls really well," she continued on her decision to come to K-State. "My brother goes here, he's two years older than me, and my dad went here, so it's kind of like a family tradition, you could say. I just got a really good feeling when I got here."
A well-rounded competitor, at Salina Central High School, Martin was a four-time AVCTL First Team selection and the 2014 AVCTL Co-Player of the Year. She garnered Class 5A All-State honors for three straight seasons and was the Class 5A Player of the Year her senior season. 
Perhaps the best girls' basketball player to walk the halls of Salina Central, Martin concluded her career ranked first in school history in seven categories - total rebounds, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, assists, steals, free throws made and 2-point field goals made.
Describing herself as a versatile, hard-working player on the court, K-State fans can look forward to Martin making an impact for the Wildcats throughout her career.
"I do a little bit of everything," she said. "In high school I wasn't just a guard, I had to play everywhere from point guard to post. That's why I have such a range of stats because it depended on our players on the floor. I just did the job I needed to do on the court at that time."
Off the court, Martin is majoring in pre-occupational therapy and hopes to, one day, work with children and horses at a therapeutic riding center.
"I grew up on a farm, so riding horses is something you'll find me doing off the court if I'm not here in Manhattan," said Martin.
From season tickets as a child to wearing a purple jersey on the court as a Wildcat, Martin is excited and ready to begin her career at K-State.
"Getting my degree is my main (goal), but as a student-athlete, I want to work as hard as I can to get some playing time and do anything as a player to help my team be successful," she concluded. "I'm looking forward to being on the court playing. Not just being the spectator, but being able to play in front of this hometown crowd."
K-State women's basketball season and single game tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets or call 1-800-221-CATS. To take a look at the Wildcats' full 2014-15 schedule, click here
 

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