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Originally published May 17, 2021 at 07:34p.m., updated May 17, 2021 at 08:13p.m.

Arizona State transfer Remy Martin commits to Kansas

In this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo, Arizona State's Remy Martin (1) shows his feelings after a run by his Sun Devils against Oregon State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tempe, Ariz.

In this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo, Arizona State's Remy Martin (1) shows his feelings after a run by his Sun Devils against Oregon State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Tempe, Ariz.

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Shortly after announcing his commitment to Kansas for the 2021-22 college basketball season, Arizona State transfer Remy Martin said picking KU was a no-brainer.

“It was pretty easy, man," Martin said in a Monday night phone interview. "Playing for a guy like coach (Bill) Self and at a historic program like KU, it’s just an amazing deal for me, man, and I couldn’t turn that down.”

CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein and Stadium's Jeff Goodman were the first to report the commitment.

After entering the transfer portal last week, Martin, a two-time all-Pac-12 guard, almost immediately was regarded as one of the nation’s top available players. He told the Journal-World on Monday night that he still will move forward with his original plan of testing his NBA draft stock ahead of this summer’s NBA draft in July.

But it was clear that Martin is very comfortable with his plans no matter how they turn out.

“I’m definitely going to see how this process plays out and as soon as that happens I'll kind of know more," he said. "It's kind of weird to say hopefully I don't make it to the league so I can play (at KU), but I'm really excited for what the future holds."

The 6-foot, 175-pound senior from Chatsworth, Calif., averaged 19.1 points per game in 34 minutes per outing for the Sun Devils in each of the past two seasons.

His name was known throughout college basketball long before that, though. The former four-star prospect averaged 12.9 points per game as a sophomore during the 2018-19 season and that came after he averaged 10 points per game and shot 37% from 3-point range as a true freshman.

That season, which included a breakout, 21-point performance in a win over Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse, Martin was named Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year.

Kansas was among the schools with the best shot at Martin during his high school recruitment. Although he never officially listed his finalists, reports from the time he committed to ASU noted that he chose the Sun Devils after “seriously considering” Marquette, UConn, Kansas and San Diego State. Martin also reportedly had offers from UCLA and USC.

KU assistant Kurtis Townsend was the lead recruiter for Martin at the time.

Martin on Monday called the chance to join Townsend at KU a "full circle" moment.

“It was amazing," he said. "It was an honor to feel wanted by them. Ever since I played at KU as a freshman, I’ve always loved Kansas and wanted to go there.”

His addition to this Kansas roster would fill two major needs for the Jayhawks. First, as a proven lead guard with 118 games of college basketball experience, Martin could handle whatever role KU coach Bill Self asked him to play.

Beyond that, as a career 34% 3-point shooter who made 43 or more 3-pointers in each of the past three seasons, Martin also addresses KU’s desire to plug additional 3-point shooting into its lineup.

For his career, the versatile guard with deep range also owns averages of 3.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

Martin, who was named after his grandfather and considers himself to be a Chris Paul type of player who mixes a lot of different skills into his game, grabs KU's last available scholarship this offseason and becomes the ninth newcomer to pledge his services to the Jayhawks during a wild offseason.

Like Jayhawks Ochai Agbaji and Jalen Wilson, who also are testing their NBA draft status this summer, Martin will have until early-July to make a decision about whether to stay in the draft or play out his final season of eligibility at Kansas.

If he chooses to come to Lawrence, his track record and experience peg him as an instant impact player who figures to inherit a huge role on Day 1.

Martin said he and the KU coaching staff had brief conversations about how he would fit and what his role would be. But the one thing they all shared was the belief that he would help the program's bottom line of wanting to win as many games as possible.

"I’m all about wins," he said. "That’s all I want to do. I don't really care too much about anything else. I'm not high maintenance or anything, I just want to go out there and play and just have fun.”

Comments

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 5 months ago

Sounds like a great fit for this team. I’m excited to see him in a Jayhawk uniform next year. This team has the potential to be very good - if they mesh well together.

John Strayer 5 months ago

That is kind of my concern...Self only plays around 8 players regularly. Someone is not going to be happy a year from now and will transfer again. Hopefully the best players rise to the top and remain happy and we get a couple of seasons from this group.

Dale Stringer 5 months ago

Well Braun needs to get out of whatever mental funk he was in and start shooting the ball again.

Lex Valdez 5 months ago

Welcome to Lawrence cheers 🍻 to Remy Martin! Rock Chalk!

Layne Pierce 5 months ago

We actually may have too many guards, but so what, Coach Self will sort it out. And don't forget Yesephu is also, a tremendous player.

We will certainly have more fire power next year.

RCJH

Rodney Crain 5 months ago

Remy is a borderline second round candidate for the 2021 draft in July. Not sure if the G League is an option for him. What if he gets feedback from the league that he should play internationally for a year? This news just means we are in the queue for him to play for us. We will know more after the draft.

Dirk Medema 5 months ago

There are some reports from multiple sof him having a high usage rate

Dirk Medema 5 months ago

Unfortunately, his 3pt% has regressed over the years

Tim Orel 5 months ago

Maybe that's something the NBA will tell him to focus on in his extra year of college.

Bryce Landon 5 months ago

Well, if you can't beat him, add him to your roster for next season, I suppose.

Robert Brock 5 months ago

If he makes it to Lawrence, he will be a great variable on the team. He won’t have to do too much and can pick the moments to stick the dagger. Think Malik Newman...

Dirk Medema 5 months ago

Robert - Unless he’s running the show; think Frank Mason. Could be Yesufu too. Maybe Harris develops more strength and outside shot. Doesn’t seem likely that either of the youngsters will supplant the veterans in year 1.

Ted Hume 5 months ago

going to be a strange roster indeed: we now have essentially 5 (5!) ~six-foot point/combo guards - 4 of them newcomers - go along with DJ! We look more and more like a team trying to bottle Baylor's magic from last season...

Dale Rogers 5 months ago

If our intent is to win the conference then that approach makes a lot of sense. Set yourself up to beat everyone else in the conference.

Ted Hume 5 months ago

and even if Ochai doesn't come back, with SO MANY similar-sized guards, 3 of them will never see the court next year(4 if Ochai returns!). This is good news for us because he looks like a stud, but bad news for Pettiford, Cuffe Jr. and DJ for sure

David Friend 5 months ago

Amazing how many of you don't get it with Martin. If he ends up in Lawrence this is a big time pick up for a year. Truly one of the top returning players in the country. Legitimate all american candidate and better than anyone we have in the backcourt. If Wilson comes back and Martin does come this makes us probably preseason number 1 and legit title contender with or without Ochai.

Dale Stringer 5 months ago

Reminds me of '08 when nearly everyone could be a starter.

Dirk Medema 5 months ago

‘08 was a little different in that virtually all those starters and non-starters were drafted. Not so much the current team though there’s still time for development.

Ted Hume 5 months ago

i get it- i think he could have a big-time season, and we should be thrilled with the pick-up. I admit i didn't watch him at all last year, but he reminds me of BU's Butler from clips I've seen

Carolyn Hunzicker 5 months ago

OK Where"s the Bigs

Now... Let's bring Paul Pierce in as asst. Recruiter

RJ King 5 months ago

Pierce's judgement is a little suspect right now, Carolyn.

Kyle Neuer 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Dujuan Harris seems lost in all this. Redshirting next year?

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