Arizona State's Martin declares for NBA draft

JOHN MARSHALL (AP Basketball Writer)
The Associated Press
Arizona State guard Remy Martin (1) drives to basket against UCLA during an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Arizona State guard Remy Martin (1) drives to basket against UCLA during an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona State junior point guard Remy Martin has declared for the NBA draft.

“Starting from a young age, I have worked towards the opportunity to play in the NBA and I have now decided to take another step into making my dream a reality,” Martin said in a statement Monday. “I will forever cherish the time I have spent at ASU.”

Martin led the Sun Devils with 19.1 points. 4.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 2019-20, putting them on the cusp of a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance before efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus led to the cancellation of the college basketball postseason. He was named first team all-Pac-12 by The Associated Press.

A 6-foot guard from Chatsworth, California, Martin had an immediate impact at Arizona State as a freshman in 2017-18, providing an energy spark off the bench to help the Sun Devils reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years.

Martin took on a bigger role as a sophomore, averaging 12.9 points and 5 assists while leading the Pac-12 with a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio. Arizona State made consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since 1980-81.

Martin was second in Pac-12 scoring as a junior and was considered a front-runner for conference player of the year until Oregon's Payton Pritchard surged ahead late in the season.

Martin is a superb on-ball defender and

, with an ability to get to the rim, hit stop-and-pop mid-range jumpers or wow the crowd with no-look passes.

“I support Remy 100% as he pursues his dreams,” Arizona state coach Bobby Hurley tweeted.

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