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BOISE BROS: Cam, Alex Martin share unlikely opportunity at Boise State

Mar. 12—Boise State gave Cam Martin one last shot at playing in March Madness at the Division I level. But it gave the Yukon, Oklahoma, native an opportunity to do something that he said he never thought possible.

The 25-year-old has spent his fair share of time at the collegiate level playing college basketball. He began at Division I Jacksonville State University, transferred to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and spent three seasons with the Lions and then went to Division I University of Kansas, where he was redshirted and then had to take a medical redshirt due to a shoulder injury — only playing in four games during his two years with the Jayhawks.

Heading into a seventh year of college basketball, Martin is getting an opportunity that he said is special to him.

"It's been a great final year to be here with my brother and experience college together just because we never thought it would be a possibility," Martin said.

They never thought it would be a possibility because younger brother, Alex, 19, is just now starting his freshman year. But the COVID-19 pandemic allowed Cam to extend his career one year longer and then being redshirted at Kansas gave him another extra season and the medical redshirt gave him one more.

Now the two are going to Boise State University together, practicing alongside each other and living in a condo together. Alex prepped at Webb City and helped the Cardinals to a 17-11 record in his senior year, where he averaged 13.7 points per game.

"Just as much as the road trips and traveling and practices together have been really cool, my favorite part is being able to — we have a two-bedroom condo — live together and the late nights playing PlayStation. You know, being competitive and arguing like we're little kids again," Cam said. "It's just been a super fun experience, and I enjoy the off-the-court stuff more than on the court."

BEFORE COLLEGE

The elder Martin prepped at Yukon High School for three seasons but played his junior year at Norman North High School.

That team of Timberwolves at Norman North was star-studded. Martin served as the team's big man at 6-foot-9 and played alongside point guard Trae Young, shooting guard Marcus Dickinson, three-guard Lindy Waters III and others such as Charlie Kolar, Jalen Crutchfield and Drake Stoops.

"We had the most talented high school basketball team, maybe all-time for a public school high school," Martin said. "We had a loaded high school basketball team."

Young is a star talent in the NBA today with the Atlanta Hawks after being a one-year superstar with the University of Oklahoma Sooners. Waters III played collegiately at Oklahoma State and is now on the Oklahoma City Thunder roster. Dickinson played college basketball at Boise State. Crutchfield played Division I basketball at Stetson University before eventually transferring to East Central University at the Division II level. Kolar played football at Iowa State and is currently a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. Stoops had a long college career similar to Martin and is just now finishing up his time at OU and looks to be drafted later this year in the NFL draft in April.

Martin recalls playing summer league games with some of these same guys and winning by large margins that really set the tone for their season.

Norman North lost in the 6A state championship that year to Putnam City West by a score of 67-66. The Timberwolves lost on a late layup.

That Norman North team had just beaten defending state champions the Mustang Broncos 92-72 in the semifinals of the state tournament.

Martin also played summer ball at a young age with Brady Manek, who was a Division I player at OU and North Carolina. Manek and the TarHeels lost to the Kansas Jayhawks in the national championship two years ago.