January 17, 2014

Martin ’13 Signs With England’s Plymouth Raiders

Joins Team In British BBL

Sam Martin '13, the captain of the 2013-14 Yale men's basketball team, has signed a professional contract with the Plymouth Raiders of the British BBL. Martin has been with Plymouth on trial for a couple of weeks and impressed the team's coaches.

"He comes to us as a good outside shooter, he has a tremendous basketball IQ, and he is someone who will make all of his teammates better," Plymouth coach Jay Marriott said in a press release announcing the signing. "He's a hard working defender, an excellent passer and a great floor leader."

Martin appeared in 101 games during his Yale career. Last year as a senior, he was second in the Ivy League with a .459 three-point field goal percentage. His  34 three-pointers were second on the team, and he was one of only four players to appear in all 31 games. At the team's post season banquet, he was presented with the Stan Smith Senior Award and also earned Academic All-Ivy recognition.

As a junior in 2011-12, he came off the bench in all 29 games and tied for sixth on the team with 12 three-pointers.

Martin joins Edwin Draughan '05, Greg Mangano '12 and Reggie Willhite '12 as former Yale players in the professional ranks. Draughan, who has enjoyed a long professional career, is currently with with Fribourg in Switzerland and leads the team in scoring at 13.5 ppg. Mangano is getting ready to play for CSM Steaua Busharest in Romania's first division and Willhite is with a team in Croatia.

Martin and Draughan are part of a long list of players that have earned professional opportunities during James Jones' tenure as the head coach at Yale. Ted Smith (England), Matt Minoff (Israel), Paul Vitelli (Italy), Dominick Martin (Spain), Matt Kyle (Portugal), Caleb Holmes (Iceland), Ross Morin (Switzerland), Paul Nelson  (Romania, Slovakia) and Eric Flato (England) have all played overseas. Alex Zampier (NBA D-League), Travis Pinick (NBA D-League), Reggie Willhite (NBA D-League) and Neil Yanke (tryout with Los Angeles Lakers) had opportunities in the United States.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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