NBA Draft: Fil-Am Remy Martin withdraws, will play for Kansas

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Fil-American NCAA Division I super senior Remy Martin has withdrawn his name from the 2021 NBA Draft after testing the draft process.

The former Arizona State standout will now play a season for the Kansas Jayhawks following a transfer earlier this year.

Martin reportedly wanted to try the draft process first, per The Athletic, before ultimately making a decision prior to the NBA Draft.

“I was blessed with the opportunity to put my name in the draft,” Martin said, per Kansas University Athletics. “The main objective was to learn what I needed to do to get better and try to be the best player I can be. It was pretty easy when it came to Kansas, playing for such a historic program and a Hall of Fame coach. I want to be a part of it. I want to be part of the brotherhood and help the team win as much as I can.”

“After recent conversations, we have anticipated that Remy would withdraw from the draft and come to KU,” head coach Bill Self said. “Remy is a guy that had great success at Arizona State being preseason first-team AP All-American last year, first team all-conference the last two years, and sixth man of the year in his league his freshman season. We saw him up close on two different occasions where he got the best of us. I’m certainly glad he’s on our side moving forward. I think those are all reasons to be excited about him coming here and helping our basketball team achieve special things this upcoming season.”

The 6-foot-1 combo guard averaged 19.1 PPG in the 2020-2021 college basketball season, a Pac-12 best. He also averaged 3.7 assists, 1.2 steals, and 2 triples per outing.

Having a season with Kansas, a more famous school with a successful program, might do wonders for Martin, as scouts might look for how he can perform under a great head coach and a winning squad before entering the draft next year.

The Jayhawks basketball program has produced legitimate players in the NBA today, including Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre Jr., and the Morris twins Marcus and Markieff.

Martin was included by then Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes to his wish list of players for the 2023 FIBA World Cup which the Philippines is hosting.

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Levi Verora