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Martin verbally commits to Charleston Southern

Navarro’s Jamar Martin verbally committed Monday to attend and play basketball at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC.

Martin, a First-Team, All-Region XIV and All-North Zone performer, averaged 15 points and 6.5 rebounds for coach Michael Landers’ Region XIV-Tournament-qualifying Bulldogs this season.  Martin, a 40 percent three-point shooter this season, hit 47.8 percent from the floor and 66.2 percent from the foul line.

bpcc-1Martin produced double-figure scoring in a team-high 25 games as a sophomore, including 18 of the team’s first 19 games of the 2015-16 season.  The 6-foot-6 small forward led Navarro in rebounding 16 times, in steals 10 times, and in blocked shots on 6 occasions.

The Toronto, Canada, product had five games of 20-plus scoring as a sophomore, with personal highs of 27 in a  71-67 overtime win at Kilgore on Feb. 3, 2016, and 26 in an 89-79 win over San Jacinto-Central on Nov. 21, 2015.  He had other personal-high totals in rebounding (12) against Jacksonville in a 90-89 win over November 24, 2015, in steals (6) against San Jacinto-Central, and in blocks (5) against Blinn.

Martin finishes his two-year career here among individual leaders since 2000 in four career categories: 4th in blocked shots (40), 5th in made field goals (255), 10th in field-goal attempts and 11th in points scored (671). He also ranks in five single-season categories:  2nd in field-goal attempts (358), 3rd in points scored (449), 5th in made field goals (171), 7th in blocked shots (27), and 8th in three-point field goals made (60).

Charleston Southern, a member of the Big South Conference, finished 9-21 last season under head coach Barclay Radebaugh.  The Buccaneers compete with Campbell, Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Liberty, Longwood, Presbyterian, Radford, UNC-Asheville and Winthrop.